I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as the new Program Coordinator and Caterpillar Educator at Discovery Preschool and Family Center.
After graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, I had the privilege to partner with children and families at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community – a parent co-op – for five years.
Because I believe in fostering a love of life-long learning through being curious ourselves, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education through CU Denver. I never once saw the campus however, because the program was implemented through a unique and innovative teacher education program in Boulder, CO. Overall, I have been in the field of Early Childhood for about eight years and continue to be inspired by the work of children.
I believe that each child is capable, competent, and resourceful. As such, each child is and should be treated as a current and engaged citizen. I am also mindful of honoring each child’s many social contexts; therefore, I truly value partnerships and open dialogue with families. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village!”
I am passionate about co-constructing knowledge alongside children and using documentation as a platform for communicating a strong image of the child. This is a passion which sparked after visiting Reggio Emilia, Italy where the documentation of the work of children was weaved throughout the entire town. My research and thesis revolved around how documentation practices cultivate richer learning environments by fostering agency within children and building connections between home and school while simultaneously inviting educators to participate in more complex and reflective teaching practices. When not at work, I usually spend my time outdoors, with family & friends, trying new places to eat, or in the kitchen baking.