My love of working with children has always been a big part of my life. Starting in grade school, I would go to the neighbor’s in-home daycare to help with the kids. When I was twelve, I “finally” began my career in childcare as a babysitter for family and friends. Over the years, I have consistently worked with children in various roles, growing as a professional nanny, swim lesson and Water Safety Instructor, and as a childcare professional at my university’s Childcare Development Center.
When choosing a degree at the University of St. Thomas I was immediately drawn to Environmental Studies. Growing up in a suburban neighborhood with parks, beaches, and trails only blocks away, nature was the heart of my upbringing! I learned to respect and value the outdoors; it was, and still is, a part of my everyday life. I wanted to share my love of the outdoors and help foster this important connection to nature for future generations.
As an undergrad, I was a part of the Sustainability Living Learning Community; in which students explore sustainable human-environment systems through innovative community engagement and social activities throughout Minnesota’s Twin Cities. I graduated with a major in Environmental Studies, a minor in Geography as well as a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My hope is to blend my environmental knowledge with my in-depth childcare experience to bring a unique perspective to the workplace.
When I’m not in the classroom you can find me at a bookstore – usually sitting down in front of the shelves trying to find that “perfect” book, exploring new hiking spots, thrifting for clothes to upcycle, or hanging out at my sister’s house while we embroider.
I am so excited to begin my teaching journey with Friends School! I know I have a lot to learn from my mentor teacher, advisor, and certainly from my 1st grade students. I can’t wait to create meaningful connections and start on my new lifepath as a teacher.
“Teach the children… Stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms.”
– Teach the Children by Mary Oliver