I have been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. I started as a live-in nanny on Long Island, near New York City and have worked in private preschools, state preschools, Head Start preschools, special education classrooms, as a behavior consultant, private contractor, and reflective practice mentor/coach. I have five children of my own who have given me almost 15 years of personal experience so far, and I was a foster parent for over a decade, which gave me lots of personal practice as well. I am passionate about helping future early childhood educators fulfill their dreams and go into the classroom with confidence. My hope is that my students become as passionate and devoted to the field as I am.
Professional Experience: I am a certified CSEFEL Trainer, TPOT Observer, CLASS Observer
Personal Experience: Five children of my own (2 adopted, 3 biological) and over 50 foster children
Scholarly Interests: Trauma-Informed Practice
Honors and Awards: California Center for Early Childhood Mental Health: Endorsement as an Advanced Transdisciplinary Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner
Recommended Reading: Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On - Stormie O'Martian | Power of Positive Parenting - Glenn Latham
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:4, Luke 12:7, 1 Thess 4:11-12, Nahum 1:7, Galatians 6:9
Favorite Music: Hillsong Worship
Favorite Activities: Traveling & Wine Tasting
Family Info: Husband Justin, married for 11 years | 5 Children: 2 adopted and 3 biological. Persian cat and Cavapoo dog.
What Matters: Relationship with Jesus and the way we treat other people in the world
Pet Peeves: People who are rude, selfish or unkind for no reason! Frizzy hair days and when my kids whine.
What I Like About FPU: As a student who attended FPU, I appreciated the meaningful relationships I established with my teachers. It was evident that each of them cared about me and my success.