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About Me

I am lucky enough to be the product of a Montessori childhood – I attended a Montessori school in Wilmington, North Carolina from toddler through upper elementary. The love of learning I developed there led me to Connecticut College, where I studied in Art and Art History. After college, I trained at the Primary (3-6) level at the Washington Montessori Institute. Through this program, I earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Loyola College in Maryland, as well as Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certification. I spent the next six years directing an early childhood classroom in northern Virginia. In the summer of 2014, my husband, Shea, and I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. I was thrilled to be assisting toddler classes at MCHD, where I was excited to further my learning about the first plane of development. My experience and discoveries through that time led me to pursue my Toddler teaching certification, whereupon MCHD welcomed me as a lead teacher for the inaugural All-Day Toddler class. When I am not working with children, I enjoy painting, quilting, cooking, and playing with my dog, Rhubarb.
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
Attended the American Montessori Internationale Annual Conference in 2017-18