Johns Hopkins University - MA, Public Health Advocacy
As a forever-student, I am ecstatic to be back in a K12 environment! I spent the past couple of years as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins studying public health (what a time to get into public health)! I decided to put my mental health first and found a way to blend a few of my favorite things; working with children, education, and continuing advocacy work in and outside of the classroom. I have a strong connection with mental health advocacy and am excited to learn how that can be applied in the classroom and in the school as a whole. Looking towards the future, I hope to become a middle school health teacher or find a way to holistically blend those important topics into everyday lessons. In addition to Friends TPP, I will be working towards a masters degree in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.
I have been working with children, of various ages and group sizes, for over a decade now. Post grad school, I have been a water safety instructor, professional nanny & house manager, residential treatment technician, after-school program coordinator, substitute teacher, and now a teacher candidate (TC)! One thing the pandemic taught me is that I am happiest when I am working with kids. I can confidently say that the thing I missed most during quarantine was working in childcare. I couldn’t be more excited to be a TC at Friends School. I look forward to an exciting year with my 2nd grade students!
I moved to Boulder from Minnesota’s Twin Cities in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the mountains. In my free time, I enjoy getting out into nature as much as possible. One of my favorite things to do is ski with my partner, Jon – our favorite resort is Copper Mountain! Since moving to Colorado, winter has become my absolute favorite time of the year! I also enjoy embroidering, reading, thrifting, playing with my dog and cat, and spending time with my family. I feel so fortunate to now have one family member as close as can be, working as a TC right next door in 1st grade!
As a longtime childcare provider, it has always been my mission to demonstrate radical love and acceptance towards all of my kids. I hold an unconditional belief that all children may thrive when given the opportunity. I want to create those opportunities, with unbiased respect, offering both support and new ways to tackle any issues that may arise.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe