My career began in professional development, and while I loved the commitment to lifelong learning within that environment, something was missing. When I became a parent, I spent four years away from the corporate world, at home with my child. During that time, emerged in an entirely different learning environment, I began writing, illustrating, promoting, and presenting children's picture books. When I returned to the traditional workforce, it was in early childhood education. Shortly thereafter, I took on an office role in an elementary school, supporting students, parents, teachers, and administrators alike. All the while I continue to explore and educate, creating new stories and giving author presentations at schools, libraries, and more.
I love engaging with curious minds! While I'm happy to present, my favorite part of my sessions is the Q&A. The exchange of ideas during the conversations I've had always seems to inspire me just as much as it does my audience. I also enjoy discussion and craft activities, to help support the themes we explore in my books and presentations. I like to engage as many of the senses as possible!
Children's picture book, What I Can Do With My 'Do!, selected feature of national subscription service, Just Like Me! Box.
In addition to bachelors and masters degrees in human resource management, I have plenty of continued professional education. I am certified in CPR and First Aid, and have also completed the training necessary to serve students in our school health office under the guidance of our district nurse!
Ever since becoming a parent I continue to awaken my creative side. I love creating children's picture books and sharing them with others. Posting resources here is an extension of that, as I can share not only the stories, but also the other tools I've created for the author presentations I've been lucky enough to do. I've also begun the super fun hobby of making tees! All of these creative outlets have important values in common - kndness and inclusion - because I truly believe you can't have one without the other.