I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1988 with a degree in Elementary Education and a Special Education Minor. I started my teaching career as a Fourth Grade Teacher in Spring Green, WI.
After my first child was born I saw first hand the remarkable learning that takes place in the first two years of life. I was captivated and wanted to learn more. I enrolled in an Infant/Toddler Course and an Early Childhood Course at Madison Area Technical College in 1996. That same year I accepted my first position as an educator of the very youngest learners. My journey as an Infant/Toddler Teacher here at the UW Child Development Lab began in 2000.
Other work-related experiences include:
- Instrumental in shaping the Infant/Toddler Program at the UW Child Development Lab
- Breast feeding accreditation
- CPR and First Aid certified
- Member of Infant/Toddler Community of Practice
* Co-Authored Brochure – Building Blocks of Infant/Toddler Development: Relationships, Environments, Experience, published Fall 2015
Nurturing Infant/Toddler attachments is a primary focus of my work with young children. I believe healthy attachments and meaningful relationships open doors to extraordinary learning! When babies feel safe and secure and when they trust their teachers to meet their needs and understand them, then they will move out to explore the world with zeal. Strong bonds between infants and caregivers lead to competent, confident, curious little ones!
Other areas of focus include:
- Caregiving as curriculum
- Responsive caregiving
- Primary caregivers
- Mixed age groups
- Inquiry based learning
When I’m not working I love to spend time with family and friends. Other interests of mine include reading, baking, cooking, exercising and enjoying the great outdoors. Hiking and kayaking are two favorite activities. Mindfulness meditation is an important part of my life as well.