I would love to hear about your needs, and to support you in creating the best possible experiences for your staff, children, and families. Please contact me and we can set up a time to talk! Or keep reading to learn more about me and my qualifications.
There's something that I really dread, and it happens almost every week - on a plane, or a shuttle, or in the lobby of a hotel. It's when a stranger asks me, "What do you do?"
The most true answer is, "I collaborate with amazing people to change the world by making life better for young children and the adults who care for them."
But I've discovered that the true answer is not a very satisfying response when what the stranger meant is, "How do you spend your time?"
My days and weeks are so varied that I can't summarize my work in a way that provides a complete picture without making people's eyes glaze over. Sometimes I say, "I collaborate with early childhood professionals at all levels (from program staff to state and federal systems) to implement research-based teaching, coaching, and professional development practices and to prevent challenging behavior in adults and children.."
That's all true, too, but it doesn't convey the passion I feel for this work. It leaves out the moments when seasoned professionals tell me that I've completely changed the way they think and how they operate. The moments when teachers tell me that their children are using skills that they never imagined three-year-olds were capable of. I'm so grateful that I get to play a part in these transformations.
Some other things you might want to know about me:
I have a BA in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. You can find my complete resume here.
I'm known for being very straightforward, for "telling it like it is" - I am very aware of the broad reality of our field and what the day-to-day is really like in early childhood programs all over the country. I work with that understanding to help people find what is possible through creativity, prioritization, and effort.
Over the last 20 years, I have been a teacher, administrator, parent educator, and coach. I'm also a mom of two teenagers, and stepmom of two more.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, I worked for the University of Washington as the Practice-Based Coaching Coordinator at the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning.
I am a fan of yoga, a former and future runner, a voracious reader, and have a quirky sense of humor.
Some examples of professional development experiences I facilitated in 2016:
Leadership Academy for programs implementing Practice-Based Coaching
PBC Coach Training and PBC Coach Training of Trainers
Training for Practice-Based Coaching Group Facilitators
Systems to Support Staff Wellness
Finding Connections: TPOT, CLASS, and the New Head Start Performance Standards
Improving Communication and Reducing Conflict on the Leadership Team
Program-wide Launch of the Pyramid Model
Pyramid Model Practices Training (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3) - offered as full day workshops and also using train-coach-train
Pyramid Model Practices Training of Trainers
Parents Interacting with Infants and Parents Interacting with Infants Training of Trainers
Authentic Family Engagement
Coaching: What Does the Research Tell Us?
In addition to workshops like the ones listed above, I conduct TPOT and TPITOS assessments, coach teachers (in person and at a distance) using the Practice-Based Coaching model, and facilitate monthly Communities of Practice for coaches.
I'm happy to tailor my work to meet your needs, your context, and your people.
In 2016, I had the great privilege to work with the following organizations and agencies:
Pyramid Model Consortium
Rochester Childfirst Network
Head Start Region I
New York State Pyramid Model Partnership Master Cadre
Head Start Region XI
Rocky Mountain Human Services
Head Start Region II
Maryland State Department of Education
Montana Preschool Development Grant
Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc.
Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County
Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center
University of Vermont
National Center on Early Child Development, Teaching and Learning
National Implementation Research Network
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County
Child Development Council of Franklin County Head Start
Head Start Region IX