I grew up in Rome, Georgia, and graduated with a degree in English and Secondary Education in 1992 from Berry College. After graduation, I moved to Athens, Georgia where I briefly taught English as a Second Language to middle school children. However, even as I worked with adolescents, my curiosity and professional passion was more evoked by the experiences of the very youngest children. In 1993, I was accepted into graduate school at the University of Georgia where I began studying in the department of Child and Family Development and first encountered the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Eventually, I transferred into the Education department where I received my M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 1997. After graduation, I moved to Atlanta where I have worked in several capacities in the early childhood education field – teacher, college instructor, consultant, stay-at-home mom.
Throughout my education and my career, I have been strongly influenced by the experiences of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and have been fortunate to participate in several study tours to Reggio Emilia. I have been married for 11 years to my husband David, and we have two sons, Will (age 10) and Eli (age 8). We live in the East Atlanta neighborhood and are actively involved in our children’s charter elementary school in Grant Park. In my free time, I enjoy camping, reading, and traveling.