National Catholic School of Social Service, Washington D.C., Masters Degree in Social Work
Clinical concentration in children and families.
American University, Washington D.C., B.A. Psychology
Emphasis on children and adolescents.
Montgomery College, Howard County Community College, Maryland
90 hour early childhood course.
Before my children were born in 2000 and 2002, I was with the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program and worked with families and their children with special needs and developmental delays. Through my training and experience in early childhood development, I knew how critical a nurturing environment is for children to learn and grow. I was also aware of how important it is for children to have first-hand experiences and investigate, imagine and explore through play. So, when it came time to enroll my children in a preschool program, I looked for a play-based curriculum with loving and kind teachers. I found a wonderful school for my children and several years later began to work at the school in different roles, and ultimately became a lead teacher for 9 years. Sadly, due to COVID, that school had to close. I really did not think I would be able to find that magic formula in another school, but then I found Suburban Nursery School and I am thrilled to be a part of the community.
I believe the main role of preschool is for children to learn that school is a fun, exciting and safe place to be. Having this core foundation will provide children with the structure for many years of successful education. Children (and some of us adults as well), thrive on routine and structure. In my classroom we have a developmentally appropriate daily schedule that includes free play, crafts, opportunity for fine motor development, outside play, circle time and snack. Throughout the morning, the children have lots of opportunities to communicate, collaborate and engage with their classmates and create our caring classroom community. I love being able to be a part of this experience each day.