I am looking forward to another great school year. It is hard to believe I have been working for CCP for ten years. I was on the very first parent board (20 years ago) when the preschool started so when I was hired it felt like a homecoming. I believe very strongly in the co-op system, not only for the children but because of the positive impact on the whole family. It has been my experience that the parents who are involved in preschool will continue to be involved in their child’s education throughout high school. Children get the message loud and clear that education is fun, exciting and very, very important.
Children are natural learners; they explore, discover and learn through play. As a teacher my job is to set the stage and then let the “play” begin. In my classroom I try to have as many child directed activities as possible. Children are excited to come to school and see what might be happening. I love to have children walk in and say, “What are we learning about today?”
I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors Degree from Oregon State University in Human Development with an emphasis in ECE. Before working at CCP I worked for ESD in the early intervention program for eleven years.
I have two grown children who both attended co-op preschools. They are also both college graduates!! Yeah! My husband, Kirk is a math teacher at Wilsonville High School. My hobbies include running, hiking, gardening, skiing, fly fishing and any other outdoor activity available. I feel very fortunate to have a job I truly enjoy!
I am excited for another wonderful year of teaching at Canby Community Preschool. My blended class of 3 and 4 year olds is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
I grew up in Canby and currently live here with my husband, Cody, and our daughter, Juniper. As a family we enjoy being active together. We like to take walks, ride bikes, and spend time outdoors camping. Some other hobbies of mine include horseback riding, gardening and sports such as volleyball and golf. I am also a huge BEAVER football fan!
I attended college at Oregon State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. After college I went right into teaching preschool at Nike Child Development Center in Beaverton, Oregon, teaching there for seven years.
My philosophy is to teach social-emotional development, literacy, language development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, art, science and math through play. I believe at this age children are like sponges and can learn so much through engaging with their peers and teachers in a safe and fun learning environment. To me, social emotional development is such a huge part of a child’s early success in school. Learning to negotiate, problem solve, share and get along with their peers during the preschool years are the stepping stones for preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share my passion of Early Childhood Education with the community I grew up in!