Education: Masters of Social Work, Georgia State University. B.A. in Sociology, University of Florida.
Experience: After graduating college I worked for 5 years as a counselor and teacher at Eckerd Youth Alternatives, an outdoor residential educational system for at risk youth. I used experiential education as well as choice theory and reality therapy to help make a difference in the lives of many girls living in Florida. I moved to Atlanta Georgia and tutored first grade students on reading skills with Hands On Atlanta in the spring of 2005. I started teaching Kindergarten in the fall of 2005 at Amana Academy. During this time I received training in expeditionary learning and used this curriculum model with my students. After teaching for 2 years, I returned to school to get my masters in social work. I have held early education teaching certifications in both Florida and Georgia.
Personal note: I love to be with my family more than anything. My three children, ages 8, 7 and 4 have been the most amazing gifts and I feel so lucky to be their mom. My life experience and training has been intertwined with education and social service. I see NMCP as an opportunity to combine the three passions in my life: my family, teaching and serving my community.
Co-Director; Lead Teacher of Yoga and Art
Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Central Florida. Additional certification held in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Experience: I have spent most of my life working with children in summer camps, youth programs, public schools and museums. I spent the past five years, before moving to Atlanta in 2011, working in several different capacities at a large museum in Florida. I worked there both as Curator of Education and then as the Marketing and Communications Director. For me, New Morning Community Preschool is a way to do something special and unique for my own children, while still enjoying something professional I am passionate about. My goal is to create the same thoughtful, unique ‘first’ school experience that I want for my own children for each child enrolled at NMCP.
Personal note: I have three children ages 9, 7 and 4. At home my husband and I spend lots of time reading, riding bikes, hiking, camping, listening to music, and hanging out in our own backyard. Childhood is so precious and we don’t want to miss a single minute of it!
Lead Teacher Spanish, Science and Language Arts
Education: Masters of Science as a Reading Specialist from Fordham University and Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from State University of New Paltz, New York.
Experience: My first year teaching was as an assistant teacher in the dual-language and gifted and talented kindergarten classrooms at PS166. The following year a full-time position in the gifted and talented classroom was offered, and it was the best first year of teaching! Following my hearts desire to travel, I took a 2nd grade teaching position in Ewa Beach, Hawaii and then the following year had a challenging year in Hilo, Hawaii where I taught special education preschool. For the next two years, I taught as a Kindergarten teacher at Kis International School in Bangkok, Thailand, where I was trained in the primary years/IB system. Returning to the states in 2008, I took a Reading Specialist position at Christopher Columbus Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, but left the following year for Pan American Academy Charter School to return to the primary years program. This was also the school year my husband graduated with his Master’s and his career brought us to Atlanta in January 2011. Since being in Atlanta, I have worked as an early parenting educator, a preschool dance teacher and now your child’s teacher!
Personal note: My husband and I have two children; Asher 6 and Gwenyth 4, along with our very friendly dog, Zoe and cat, Sprout. We love to snuggle together to read books, sing songs, or just for the fun of it! We like to keep busy with play dates, exploring Atlanta’s best attractions and playgrounds and sometimes by rocking out in a kitchen dance party!
Experience: Throughout my life I have dedicated a lot of my time to taking care of children and I must say I enjoy every minute of it. I have worked with children since I was 11 years old and just knew it was my calling. In 2007 I was given a great opportunity to work with a fantastic family as a nanny and have been with them ever since. As the children have grown and entered school, I have been able to take on other roles, in Atlanta nurturing and teaching children in a variety of capacities including teaching in preschool settings. To me the most amazing part about working with young minds is learning to see the world through such fresh eyes.
Personal Note: In my free time I enjoy sewing and and designing costumes, meeting new friends and trying new restaurants around Atlanta. I also love to play soccer and support the Atlanta United.