I was raised in Bellingham Washington and did the rest of my “growing up” in Portland, Oregon. I earned my B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University and my Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. I have taught kindergarten, first and second grades at a handful of progressive independent schools here in the PNW as well as St. Petersburg, Florida.
Teaching these three grades together as I believe mixed-age learning is powerful and reflects real life. I value play, curiosity and divergent thinking, encouraging children to share their thoughts, feelings, ideas and develop authentic and meaningful relationships with the children in my care.
I'm happy to be back home in the Pacific Northwest where I enjoy exploring the mountains and rivers. I also appreciate life's cozy pursuits: reading, writing, and snuggling my silly puppy, Oslo.
We are inquiring into what it means to be human. Humanity includes our shared and distinct physical characteristics, heritage, family systems, and culture (traditions, beliefs, values, language, cuisine, social customs, and the arts [folklore, music, dance, painting, etc.]).
We will explore how children develop within their unique ecosystems (family unit, community, country, across time). We will take inventory of who we are (our individual and collective similarities and differences) and who we resolve to be.
We have the right to think, learn and be heard with a sense of peace, joy and belonging.
In order to protect these rights, we have the following responsibilities:
Listen and follow directions
Keep our voices and bodies safe and in control
Talk when it is our turn
Stay with the group & request permission before leaving
Treat our classroom, classmates & teachers with care
breakfast/Mill A Meeting
sound & symbol
art on Tuesday
walk in the woods on Monday
Music on Monday, P.E. on Friday