I have been working in the early learning field since before I graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a BA in early childhood education and a teaching license for birth to 3rd grade and earned my MS in Education: Policy, Foundations, & Administration in the Ecology, Culture & Learning program (now known as Leadership for Sustainability Education) at Portland State University in 2011.
Throughout my career, I have taught toddlers, 3 and 4 year olds and served as an assistant director and trainer in different center based settings both in Indiana and Portland, Oregon. I have worked in Child Care Resource and Referral agencies in both Indiana and Oregon for a total of 9 years starting in 2007, as a mentor, training coordinator, resource specialist, and now the director. I am passionate about the work that we do, and love to bring resources and support to early learning programs and educators while building partnerships and bridges to support all families. I love the way that only a child can create; from a beautiful finger paint, to an imaginative story to the world’s biggest emotional display, down to a made-up word (my family has lots!) that fits the situation perfectly!
As a child growing up in urban New Jersey, I sought out the small pieces of nature that I could find, and spent a lot of my time in a large evergreen tree at the end of our road. Riding bikes, climbing trees, and playing with neighborhood friends was the essence of childhood for me. Now I am a mother of 2 young boys, a jack-russell named Petie, and wife to a loving man and father. We love reading Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, and any book that contains dinosaurs or trucks. I love spending my weekends throwing rocks in the creek with my family, hiking, camping, gardening, dabbling in photography, and cherishing the small moments of life.