Tell us about yourself.
Hello! I am excited, no, thrilled to be a part of this collaborative and dynamic team. Building thriving communities has been a through-line through much of the work I’ve done over the past 10+ years, in the classroom as an educator, and in work with education technology companies such as AltSchool and Wonderschool.
The HGE Community team’s focus is on deeply understanding the needs of the parents in our schools. We want Guidepost schools to be that “village”; more than just the place parents drop their kids off in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day. I look forward to deep collaboration with our school teams and with each of our shared services as we look for ways to build out solutions and supports for families in our school communities. Let’s chat!
What inspires you about education?
I began my journey as an educator in the back of my mother’s classroom, in awe of how she made a discouraged student laugh. I am inspired by the way that educators instill confidence in children and then enable them to drive their own learning.
I believe that structured choice is the most fundamental element to a successful classroom. I have taught most ages from 2 years through middle school, and I would say it applies in all cases. When children feel empowered to make choices for themselves, and confident that they can succeed within those choices, they take risks, they are comfortable making mistakes, and they have fun.
How does Montessori inspire your daily life?
I am learning Montessori principles through the eyes of my now 16-month-old son, James. I feel his frustration when he can’t complete a work, and I also feel his success and pride when he ultimately does it himself. I am in awe as he carefully chooses a material from a shelf and sits with it, exploring it a bit differently than he did the day before. I am learning about how to listen to his needs, respect and give him space, be a loving and joyful playmate, and a nurturing comfort all through the lens of Montessori. I am grateful that my journey through parenthood has been given this gift, and I still have so much to learn. I’m lucky I get to learn this alongside my adventurous little boy!
What have you learned from your time working at Higher Ground thus far?
I have never enjoyed “coming to work” more. “Coming to work” is in quotation marks because I, like many of our teammates, work remotely! The physical distance between teammates does not stop collaboration or cross-functional work. If anything, it is an implicit respect for the individual lives we each have and it encourages employees to seamlessly integrate and balance their work with their home life.
I have learned so much in my time at Higher Ground, and know and look forward to continuing to grow. What I have learned from my time at Higher Ground so far more than anything is that no two days are alike- and I don’t see a future where they will be. We are tackling unique challenges every day, creating new solutions, making new things up, and working on all different types of projects. Life is never boring. I feel supported, challenged, encouraged, and focused. I feel very lucky to be a part of this incredible team.
What are your passions, interests, and hobbies?
Most of my hobbies revolve around something to do with food, whether it be watching videos about cooking, finding and trying new restaurants, dreaming about traveling to far off lands mostly for food purposes, or heating up leftovers.
Other than that, I love writing silly rhyming songs and children’s books, singing showtunes, and exploring Brooklyn with my husband and son, and coming up with a good pun.