Meet the Teachers
I have been part of the Parkway Early Childhood staff for seventeen years. This is my 11th year teaching in the Parkway Preschool Program. I previously taught classes in the Parent-Child Interaction Program. I also worked as a parent educator in the Parents as Teachers Program. Prior to joining Parkway, I taught kindergarten and first grade in the Rockwood School District. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University.
I am dedicated to teaching our youngest learners. I believe the early years should be spent exploring, creating, questioning, constructing, and discovering. I strive to provide opportunities for my students that foster active, hands-on learning in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment.
I am married and have two daughters. I am proud to say that my daughters are products of the Parkway School District. They attended Bellerive Elementary, Northeast Middle School, and North High School.
This is my 11th year as an early childhood special education teacher in the Parkway School District. (Six years at the Early Childhood Center and five years at the ISC.) Prior to becoming a teacher, I was an early childhood teacher assistant for three years. I have taught other types of early childhood special education classes and I am excited to be working with Miss Cindy in this team-taught classroom.
I became an early childhood special education teacher after my daughter and son received speech, language, occupational, and physical therapy through Missouri's First Steps and Parents as Teachers Programs. Their teachers and therapists made such an impact on our lives that I wanted to give back to the community by becoming a teacher myself. My children are now teenagers and I believe they are excelling academically and socially thanks to the special programming they received in preschool.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children states that, "rules and routines support emotional self-regulation by offering young children a way to manage their strong emotions during a stressful time." Please let me know if I can help you set up rules, routines, schedules, or behavior modification strategies that would help your child and/or home life. I highly encourage all families to enroll in the Parkway Parents as Teachers Program.