What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?
My background is in social work and I have always worked with children in some capacity since obtaining my MSSW. After having my own children, I decided to "start preschool" when they did! They are now entering middle and high school and I continue teaching because I love seeing the curiosity in the faces of all the kids at school and love even more when they enjoy what they are learning. I have learned as much from my students as they have learned from me!
If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?
I would describe my teaching philosophy as learning through play.
What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?
My teaching partner and I have been teaching the 4/5 age group for 7 years. Our focus is mostly on social/emotional development and learning to problem solve. We do work on letters, numbers, rhyming and many other academic areas, however this has never been our primary focus. We like to teach children how to handle themselves in peer groups and in different settings and how to figure out how to get along with each other, even if they disagree on certain things. These aren't preschool skills, they are life skills that will help them as they grow up
Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?
I am married and have a 14 year old boy and an 11 year old girl. My life centers around my family! I am a competitive soccer and gymnastics mom, attend a lot of sporting events and do a lot of driving! Haha.
As a family, we are involved in various charities involving feeding the homeless and also in various pet rescues.