How did you get into the field of early childhood education?
I came to early childhood education after a career in human resources. I knew that I wanted to work in education and have an impact. After reflecting on how critical the ages of 3 to 5 years are in the development of a child and how much I enjoyed this time with my daughters, I thought this might be the field for me. After volunteering in a preschool for a year, I was hooked. I took early childhood classes at CCSF and started teaching. I feel fortunate that I have found a career that gives me such joy, satisfaction and intellectual challenge.
What do you like most about teaching?
I love getting to know each of my students and finding ways to present information and work with them that pique their interest, support their unique learning style, and create excitement about learning. And best of all we have fun doing it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to be outdoors. I like to hike, camp, swim in the ocean, and work in my garden. I practice yoga every day. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends especially listening to live music.
What is your favorite children’s book?
It is really difficult for me to pick just one. My daughters and I read Good Night Moon so often when they were young that we memorized it. My three current favorites are The Book with No Pictures because it gives children such joy, Grandfather Twilight and On the Day that You Were Born.