Are you a teacher that wants to increase positive classroom behaviors, love your job, and bring joy and play back to the classroom? Then you've come to the right place. As a graduate student in the M.Ed Early Intervention Program, I studied educational law, classroom management, behavior, and curriculum...it felt like a well-rounded program. However, as I entered the field as a Head Start teacher, I felt like something in my training was missing. I had painted this picture in my head of a classroom where all of the children came to school ready and excited to learn. My reality was a classroom of children where some were ready to learn, but some were also hungry, tired, and effected emotionally by events out of their control. My reality was feeling exhausted, putting out fires, commiserating with coworkers, and the occasional day where everything fell into place and reminded me why I love to teach. I soaked up every professional development opportunity like a sponge, hoping to become some kind of Snow White-esque teacher in an enchanted classroom. Does that sound familiar? I went to every training on classroom management, trauma, and behavior that I could get my hands on...but I always left saying, "But what do I do now?" I have GREAT news. No matter your age, role, or situation...your brain (and the brains you're teaching) can be rewired. I'm here with the "what do we do now?" piece. I've used my 7+ years of training and personal experience as an early childhood teacher and behavior consultant to create lesson plans that fit within your curriculum and literally rewire the brain for resilience. I hope you enjoy!
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Invited Speaker, HighScope International Conference, Detroit, MI, 2019 Invited Speaker, Michigan Head Start Association Conference, 2019, Ann Arbor, MI 2019 Invited Speaker, Michigan Division of Early Childhood Conference, 2019, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, 2019 Invited Speaker, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Grand Rapids, MI, 2018 Invited Speaker, Early Childhood Collaborative Conference, Dearborn, MI, 2017
I received a Master of Education in Early Childhood Intervention Specialist from Kent State University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Linguistics from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2012. I have graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Curriculum Development, and Child Development.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy playing the harp, hiking with my dog, Cooper, and baking bread.