For over twenty five years, I have been working in North and Northeast Portland with children ages birth to second grade. After completing my degree, I worked with an Albina Head Start Program at Vernon Elementary School in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I then worked at the Multnomah County North Portland Parent Child Development Center running their preschool program. I have worked in public, private, and non-profit preschool and toddler classrooms. I have gleaned much along the way through universities, trainings, research, teachers, and most of all from children themselves (including my own children). I am RIE certified and studied directly with Magda Gerber. I have been inspired by many child development authors and have incorporated Unconditional Parenting, Sensory Integration, and Collaborative Problem Solving into my educational practice. My eclectic knowledge, experience, and dedication to early childhood education culminated in the creation of Hummingbird Preschool in 2005.
After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2016, I have worked for the Eugene Family YMCA in the Child Development Program at Howard Elementary and Spring Creek Elementary as a group leader of children ages 4-12. For the last two years I have also worked for the company Young Rembrandts as an Office Administrator and as an Art Instructor at over ten different elementary schools in the Eugene and Springfield district areas. As an Art Instructor I taught students how to draw representationally, as well as help build their motor skills, listening skills and instill confidence in each individual. As a teacher, I encourage positive, creative influence and action. Here at Hummingbird Preschool, I have been able to study and practice the mentality of Unconditional Parenting and guide social development through the use of Collaborative Problem Skills.