It has been my passion for working with children that originally drew me to teaching. I love seeing the excitement in children as they discover new things and develop their own questions about the world. It is this desire to learn and ability to question that creates learners for life.
I realize that no two students are the same and the greatest thing an educator can do is to use each child's unique abilities, skills and learning styles to help propel them forward. I don't believe in ever lowering the bar of expectations for students, but in leveling the playing field rather by offering supports and adjustments to the problem in order to help them students approach a challenge in a way that works for them. Sometimes simply looking at the problem in a new way is all it takes for a student to experience success. I also believe that confidence is a key component to academic success and it is important for a student to feel they trust and respect their educator if they are truly going to learn from them.
Education Specialist Credential, High Tech High Graduate School of Education 2011
BA of Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007
I recently moved to New Zealand from the states where I have spent the last 7 years as an education specialist working with children from ages 5 to 14. Before leaving I had the opportunity over the past two years to help found and direct one of the largest special needs inclusion programs in San Diego county. My passion for working with children has given me a variety of opportunities to work with children in preschool teaching early literacy, summer camp cooking classes, and real life skills through community exploration (amusement parks, restaurants practice, yoga classes and movie outings- the fun stuff!) as well as public school.
I am a passionate, adventurous and open minded lover of learning. I believe learning is the greatest thing we can do as individuals and appreciate that we each have our own unique path in doing so. I recently moved to New Zealand as an opportunity to learn more about myself, the educational programs in New Zealand, opportunities to embrace the outdoors, and eat pie. I am always up for a new adventure and love a good challenge. I love scuba diving, hiking/tramping, camping, swimming, cooking, reading, and most recently, skydiving.