A native West Virginian, I have lived in several states including Maryland, Nevada and Georgia before settling down in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have been here for almost 10 years and love exploring the place I now call home.
I am a mother to a wonderful child who inspired me to start my career in early childhood education. Together, we began my journey into childcare by working privately with families before moving on to small groups of children, until I began to pursue further education in the Early Childhood field of study.
I believe we are gardeners, not carpenters; children are meant to grow at their own pace and in their own beautiful way.
Experience & Background
I have worked alongside seasoned teachers, learning how to best manage a large classroom of children while also creating a fun and loving classroom environment. I have experience with all ages but I enjoy the little ones best! I am grateful for having experience in a North Carolina 4-star rated center during the pandemic as I know how to keep a clean, safe environment!
I am a nature enthusiast and believe children grow best in an environment where they can connect to their world, peers and grown ups in a natural setting. I believe we are gardeners, not carpenters; children are meant to grow at their own pace and in their own beautiful way. I strive to create a safe space where they are encouraged in every way to explore and learn at their leisure while building a foundation of friendships with those they share their experiences with!
Owning and operating a drop in childcare center gave me the unique perspective of meeting different children of various ages and backgrounds every day. It gave me the skills necessary to adapt to each child’s needs while keeping them engaged in a group setting. Our mixed age preschool program was so much fun and I can’t wait to bring all that I’ve learned to Wild Oak!
I love spending time outdoors. I also enjoy painting, sewing, plants/gardening and playing my guitar. My main focus has been my daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting back in touch with my inner child and seeing the world again through a child’s eyes. I take joy in anything from a long evening walk to playing tag or hide and seek, splattering paint on canvas, or bird watching from the comfort of the living room couch!