Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Where did you grow up?: Aurora, CO
How long have you been working with children/teaching?: Nearly 15 years! I started teaching children when I myself was a child (in the form of a very responsible teenager).
What led you to a career in education?: I studied dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. When that didn’t exactly pan out, I moved back to Denver and was offered a part-time assistant position at DCP. It wasn’t my plan, but things work out in mysterious ways and teaching quickly became my passion.
What is your favorite thing about working at DCP?: The community! Some of my dearest and most treasured relationships began at DCP.
What is your favorite thing to do in the classroom?: I love making discoveries alongside children. There’s nothing quite like seeing a young child have an “a-ha!” moment and then being able to scaffold their learning to make deeper connections because you’re right there with them.
What are your hobbies or passions outside of DCP?: I love all things plants! I am at the very beginning of my journey into herbalism and aromatherapy. In addition to growing our own food, I am able to grow and process herbs to add to my home apothecary. There is nothing quite like making an herbal tea in the winter months that was grown in my garden.
Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit): You can find me right at home, tending to the garden, chickens, and bees. I feel so lucky that I can honestly say my favorite place in all of Denver is right in my backyard.
Tell us about your family: I live with my wonderful husband, our daughter (who is currently “toddlering” like its her job, because it is her job), our 2 polydactyl cats, 9 chickens, and bees. We spend a lot of time cooking in the kitchen together, tending to our humble land, and having dance parties.
What did you want to be when you grew up?: A ballerina and then later, a back-up dancer for Usher.
What do you remember most about being a young child?: Playing and creating.
What was your favorite thing to do as a child?: I loved being outside. We had a HUGE rhubarb plant right next to an even bigger lemon balm plant, and I spent my summers pretending I was stranded on a desert island, with nothing but rhubarb and lemon balm to survive.