Educational Background:  
Iowa State University, BS in Child Development.  Erikson Institute, Chicago, MS, Illinois Director Credential, Level 2, Early Childhood Credential, Level 5, Infant & Toddler Credential, Level 5

Number of Years Teaching:  
I have taught preschool age children for 8 years.  This is my sixth year at WCNS.  I have also taught college age students as an adjunct instructor for National Louis University, Kendall College and Oakton Community College in Early Childhood Education.  I have also supervised student teachers. 

Family and Pets:  
I have a wonderful family that consists of Henry (16) and Zoe (14), my husband Eric, my dog Louie and Zoey, our loveable cat.  

List five values you wish to pass onto children:  

  • Responsibility
  • Kindness
  • Gratitude
  • Honesty
  • Acceptance

What do you like about yourself?
I like that I am the go-to person for many individuals.  I like that people have confidence in me to be helpful and knowledgeable.  

What did you want to be when you were little?  
When I was little I really don’t remember thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up…I think I was happy just being me.  When I was preparing to go to college, I decided I was going to go into politics and work in Washington DC.  Once I started taking Political Science classes, these thoughts quickly changed (for the better, I might add).  

Why is community important to you?
Community gives me a sense of belonging.  I belong to many communities in my life and each time I see individuals from those communities I feel safe and protected.  I feel good about myself.  I also appreciate more and more the histories within these communities.  They have developed the person that I am today.  

How are you an active member of your community?  
I am a very involved parent at my children’s respective schools.  I participate in the athletic boosters at my children’s high school.  My husband and I serve as block captains for the Neighborhood Watch group on our block.  My family utilizes the services of the community in which we live.  We dine out and purchase necessary household items from local merchants, supporting the local economy.  Professionally I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  I participate regularly with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, attending leadership events and conferences.  I stay abreast of state and federal early care and education initiatives and communicate regularly with my congressperson on issues affecting children and families.