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.