I am founding President and Chair of Inspired Practices in Early Education, Inc. With more than 30 years in the field of education, I have enjoyed many roles. I began as an elementary school teacher, working in both the Upper Arlington and Lebanon City school districts in Ohio. Following the completion of my first Master’s degree in early childhood education, I became administrator and lead teacher at Wright State University’s early childhood laboratory school, Warner House, where I earned a second Master’s degree in educational administration. I went on to earn a Ph.D. in early childhood education from The Ohio State University in 1994. In addition to my current work with Inspired Practices, I am an author and presenter.
I am active in civic organizations and have served on a number of boards including The Dayton Association for the Education of Young Children, The Georgia Association on Young Children, High Meadows School and Camp, and The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. I was appointed by the Governor of Georgia to the Georgia Child Care Council and by the Mayor of Roswell to the Roswell Recreation and Parks Commission.
Since my first visit to the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1991, I have returned more than 30 times to continue my research and education, and to support others in their research and education.