I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I’ve dedicated my career to improving the lives of young children though education and early intervention since I was an undergraduate student here at the School of Human Ecology and School of Education in the late 90s. I’m thrilled to be back at my alma mater as the Executive Director of the UW Child Development Lab! Throughout my career and formal education, I have had the opportunity to consider the experiences of young children through a number of different perspectives: as a student teacher, head teacher, program coordinator, program assessor, researcher, graduate student, early interventionist, parent trainer, and college lecturer. I have my B.S. and WI teaching license in PK-3 Early Childhood Education from UW-Madison; my M.A.Ed. from Mills College in Oakland, CA; and my Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of California Davis. I’m a certified trainer for the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) and a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I spent 7 years working at WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies and was one of the primary writers of the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations of the California Department of Education Child Development Division. I spent 3 years as the Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education Center at San Francisco State University before returning to graduate school. My aim as the Executive Director is to help the UW Child Development Lab reach its teaching, research, and outreach missions on campus and in the larger community.