I grew up in Wichita, Kansas and spent my summers playing in the red dirt of Oklahoma City. A true mid-Westerner at heart, I spend my childhood years playing in nature. As the youngest sibling, play was my profession and I found that it has helped me to become a risk-taker. Towards the end of high school, I needed to work on my writing skills, so I went to the school of Journalism in Tallahassee, Florida and minored in fine arts. My love of play transitioned into my love for the arts. When I first came to New York, I won a prestigious internship with AT&T Foundation in Arts & Culture and upon my director's recommendation, eventually studied Arts Administration. In grad school, I discovered Waldorf Education which included all of my interests, nature, play, and the arts an shortly after graduating, I become a teacher.
I have over 12 years of classroom experience including, parent-child, afterschool, aftercare, nursery, and kindergarten. In addition, I initiated several early childhood playgroups in Brooklyn before working at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Beyond the classroom, I have taught for eight years in an outdoor summer program in Central Park with mixed-aged children. From ages three to ten, children engage in free-play by climbing rocks, building with giant branches, and picking June and black raspberries whether it rains or shines.
I have a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations (Florida A&M University) and an MA in Arts Administration (Teacher’s College, Columbia University). I began my doctoral studies in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (California Institute of Integral Studies). My primary focus is in Mindfulness and Neuroscience (expected graduation 2023). I have two certifications in Waldorf Early Childhood Education, including Birth to Three. Currently, I'm completing my ICF/Life Coaching Certificate, specializing in Executive Functioning/ADHD.
I enjoy a daily mindful practice, using over 400-hours approved through Yoga Alliance, including Kids Yoga and has taught all ages for 15 years. (I volunteered weekly at a Head Start early childhood program teaching the children Circle Time combined with yoga.) I am certified in CPR and medicinal aromatherapy.