I am currently pursuing a Master's in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University Southeast. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Montevallo. In 2020, I completed a Forest School Teacher and Director training with the Forest School Teacher Institute. I have worked as an environmental educator for students of all ages in many beautiful locations, including Costa Rica, Alaska, Alabama, and Maine. As an environmental educator, I facilitated field trips and camps that helped children understand their own connections to nature through rich, place-based experiences. I most recently managed education programs at a local environmental nonprofit. While there, I founded and directed a fully outdoor forest preschool.
I have worked with various age groups throughout my career, and I have found my true niche in working with preschoolers. I truly love being a part of their learning journey and seeing them make awe-inspiring discoveries for the first time. I also love that Chance utilizes emergent curriculum models, as I have seen firsthand the impact of choice on the level of learning that takes place. The progressive education model reflects deeply important philosophies: I strongly believe that a child’s social and emotional growth must be attended to cultivate a successful learning environment. By centering compassion and respect in the classroom, our children are allowed to reaching their full potential - not only as learners but as the leaders and community members our world needs.
I am a huge proponent of outdoor learning! Nothing brings me more joy than digging in the dirt and collecting crawly critters with young children. I have seen children nervous about climbing on top of a stump become skilled at walking a fallen log balance beam, confidently aware of their own abilities. The resilience children gain from playing in all weather is astounding as well - I truly believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices! These experiences give children a strong foundation in joy and presence - not to mention resilience and trust in their own bodies.
I am incredibly excited to begin my first year at Chance! Chance School lives and breathes the values that are the backbone of my teaching philosophy. Besides being a passionate teacher, I enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking with my husband.