After graduating from UW with a BA in Sociology, I joined AmeriCorps as a means to challenge myself and move from all the comforts of home. I ended up in the Redwoods to work at a variety of schools under various grants. I loved the spontaneity of filling different roles (mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, service learning …) within a school setting. The more I worked with students the more I found value in guiding them to reach their potential.
To continue down my new career path and adventurous spirit, I moved to Vermont. With fewer restrictions on the way in which educators were deemed successful, the more I was able to incorporate creative and innovative processes of learning. As my motivation to teach grew steadily, I returned to Seattle to go back to school.
While at Antioch University obtaining my MA in Education, I met incredible individuals who helped support and shape my philosophy and ideas even more. I even met my now grade level partner, Julie Colando, while at Antioch.
For many years I had envisioned what the perfect school would look like for parents, students, teachers and administrators. Little did I know that 12 years later I would land in a position in which my imagination would become reality. Queen Anne Elementary clearly exemplifies key components to educating students in unconventional ways while fostering a safe environment for all to learn. I am honored to be part of a community that is like no other and thrilled to be a part of an incredible team!
I also enjoy other aspects of life and try to strike a balance. I live in the South end of Seattle in Columbia City and love spending time at Seward Park on Lake Washington. My husband, Mark, is very good about getting me outside to take in fresh air by canoeing, kayaking, biking, swimming, playing soccer and picnicking. I also spend quality time with my family, mostly partaking in story telling and playing competitive games. As much as I hate to admit this one, I also love decorating and remodeling my house (always a project).