board member and co-founder of magnolia montessori
I was raised by two parent educators who were firmly invested in social justice, spirituality, and the desire to transform the world into a peaceful place through community and education. My upbringing exposed me to many different educational environments and pedagogies, including performing arts school, dual language programs, Waldorf, homeschool, from private to public institutions. I am so grateful for a life that has always centered around learning and community.
Although education and human development have always been at the core of my existence, it was not until I had my own child and happened to send him to a Montessori preschool in my neighborhood that my purpose became clear. As I learned more about Dr. Montessori and her amazing work with children, I became more and more convinced of the method's theoretical completeness as well as its liberatory potential for humankind.
In short, Montessori was the lens that snapped all my passions into focus. Although my previous teaching experience was in higher education, I began substitute teaching in early childhood Montessori environments, and quickly realized that I needed to devote myself completely to the work.
I have been a Louisvillian for over 20 years and now a proud Chicago resident. Besides three years of Montessori teaching, my professional experience includes over 10 years of service as a DONA-trained birth doula; being a Children's Services library assistant at the Louisville Free Public Library; doing research and advocacy for gender and sexual minorities as part of TSTAR; and six years of Spanish teaching at the University of Louisville and other Kentuckiana area colleges. I hold a master's degree in Spanish, a B.A. in Spanish and Cultural Anthropology, and my academic background is in cultural anthropology, linguistics, and Spanish.
My work with children and adults has always centered around encouraging intercultural understanding, increasing multilingual skills through immersion, and broadening appreciation of diverse identities and presentations. I am so excited to be a part of the work that Magnolia Montessori does in fostering independence, self-regulation, empathy, curiosity and focus in very young people.
When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, making art, watching films at the Speed Art Museum Cinema and doing yoga, dancing, and other movement with my child.