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About Me

I was hired in the spring of 2007 to begin MSD’s first Toddler program.  Prior to the birth of my son in 2004, I was the assistant teacher in the Toddler room at Montessori Community School for four years.  I also ran a toddler program for a small Montessori school in Minneapolis MN, and have several years experience teaching in non-Montessori preschool environments.  I have also taught environmental education courses at Prospect Park Environmental Center in Brooklyn, NY and have given both group and private art instruction to children ages 3-12.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a self-designed major in Environmental Economics and a Visual Arts minor.  I received my Montessori certificate from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NC.  In the summer of 2014, I completed the RIE Foundations I course, furthering my Infant/Toddler training.

I am happy to be leading the 3-day Toddler program which I feel allows children and their families to have another valuable option for balancing home and school life.  It also allows me more time for my commitments as a Buddhist priest and my work related to the study and practice of Soto Zen Buddhism with my teacher and sangha.  I enjoy camping and hiking with my husband and son, and am a member of the band Baron Von Rumblebuss.


Current Professional Development
Completed CPR & First Aid certification in 2017-2018
Completed Stewards of Children training in 2017-18
Completed ALICE Active Shooter Response training in 2017-18