My husband, Bert, and I have a grown son, Will, and have lived in Chamblee for the past 30 years. When Will was young, I started working in his preschool and realized I liked working with young children. After working in several preschools for many years, I went to DeKalb Tech’s early childhood education program in 1996 and this is where I was first introduced to the Reggio Emilia Approach. I immediately embraced the approach and have been studying and learning about it ever since. I continued my education at Georgia Perimeter College with an associate degree and later got a bachelor’s degree in human growth with a specialization in early childhood (birth to 5 years) from Pacific Oaks College.
In 2001 and 2002 I had the opportunity to study abroad in Tuscany, Italy, taking art, history and literature classes. In 2006 and 2010, I studied at the Orsoni Mosaic Studio, continuing to explore and examine my desire and love for the Italian culture. I have participated in four study tours in Reggio Emilia, the last being the infant/toddler study tour in October, 2010.
For the last two years, I have been an educator for three infants. This experience has opened up a whole new world of questions and discoveries and realizations about myself and the youngest children in our society.
I am proud to be a part of The Nest and am looking forward to being a part of a new community of learners.