During my previous work in mixed-age preschool programs, I found myself drawn to the youngest explorers, who so openly share their joyful discoveries. I love the emotional immediacy of these children and feel privileged to participate in their experiences. At LAPP I discovered how much a co-op model adds to the preschool experience. As their children get to know the school and establish relationships with each other, parents also form important connections and become part of an ongoing community. Before coming to this field, I worked for many years as a marriage and family therapist. I am grateful that I can continue to support families as they participate in such a nurturing and positive environment. Our classes will include singing and dancing, which are special interests of mine. In my spare time I also love to read, knit and hike.
My relationship with LAPP began in 2006 as a parent in the program. Over the next few years, I worked as a preschool fitness coach, teacher’s aide, and a freelance writer contributing parenting articles to a local newspaper. I developed and taught a family fitness program, which takes the co-op education model into the gym and connects families together through exercise. Working with children makes each day feel rich with possibility and promise. I have found that in a world constantly in motion, there is something marvelous that comes from being still with a child. And what an amazing gift to be able to share these moments with parents on a daily basis! I am honored to be a part of a preschool community that truly engages the entire family. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, writing, exploring nature, wrestling with my son and my dog, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and laughing my way through impromptu living room dance parties with my nieces and nephews. The 2017-1018 school year will be my seventh full year as a teacher at LAPP.
I've been working as a preschool teacher and director for over 30 years, almost half of them here at LAPP. I was working my way through college, planning to be a child psychologist, when I took a job in a preschool—and had so much fun, I just never left! After finishing my undergraduate degree, I did graduate work to attain an internationally-recognized A.M.I. Montessori diploma, and worked as a Montessori teacher for many years. I originally chose my current position because the schedule allowed me time to home-school my daughter (now a senior at Cal.) I had never heard of the parent participation co-op model until starting at LAPP in 1999, but my years here have convinced me that it is truly the best possible preschool approach. Working together, parents and teachers can do wonderful things! Outside of school, I enjoy gardening, camping, travel, reading, playing the piano, cooking, and chasing after my four cats. The 2017-2018 school year will be my nineteenth at LAPP.