Educational Background:
Loyola University – BS in Psychology University of Illinois, Chicago – Type 4 Early Childhood Teaching Certificate and Master’s in Early Childhood Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Special Ed Endorsement

Number of Years Teaching:
I have taught two- to five- year olds for fifteen years at the same program, Loyola University Preschool.  This is my first year teaching at Winnetka Community Nursery School.  I have also supervised interns and teacher’s aides.

 

Family and Pets:
I have a wonderful and supportive husband named Brian and a fun and happy son named Nathan (5).  We recently lost our beloved dog Bensen, whom we had for seven years.  We are dog people so we will add another member to the family before too long!

List five values you wish to pass on to children:

  1. Empathy
  2. Kindness
  3. Confidence
  4. Enthusiasm
  5. Acceptance

What do you like most about yourself?
I like that I am a very trustworthy person and I am always willing to go the extra mile to help out a child, family, or friend.  I am also extremely dependable and a hard worker, but can be fun and flexible at the same time. 

What did you want to be when you were little? 
What didn’t I want to be?!  Vet, computer programmer, writer, and fashion designer.  My passion for teaching young children started in college when I worked as a teacher’s aide at my last preschool.

Why is community important to you?
I really value and love being a part of a community.  It makes me feel really welcomed and that we are all working together to achieve the same goal.  I feel a sense of belonging as well.  Being part of a community can be the first step in creating lifelong friendships.  My very first community that I was a part of was the Irish Dancing Community.  After dancing and competing for twelve years, I grew so incredibly close to the people that I spent many hours practicing with and we shared such wonderful experiences together that I will never forget.  

How are you an active member of your community?
My son will be starting kindergarten at the Catholic school in our neighborhood, a parish we already belong to, so we are really looking forward to connecting with more families in the neighborhood and being a part of that community.  We take long walks in our neighborhood and help support our local bakery (my son’s bagel request is already memorized), and frequent our library and local grocery store.  We also partake in our community’s yearly events, such as various festivals, 4th of July parade, and farmer’s markets.  Professionally, I have been participating in an Early Childhood Conference at McCormick Place every winter as well as keep up to date on current philosophies and trends in the field of education.