I moved to Austin to be closer to my mom. I worked for the next ten years in a private preschool as the Educational Director for Children’s Discovery Center. I was a docent for the 100 languages of Children Exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy. I was so inspired by this experience that helped to create a pre-school that was designed after their model from the ground up. During this time I watched students that were passionate and curious about the world become disillusioned and shut down. I knew that I had to do something to help the public system of education.
A band of friends, colleagues, and educators came together to create Austin Discovery School. I co-wrote the educational plan for ADS. During this ten year journey, I have worn many hats at ADS- Principal, Academic/Curriculum Director, Classroom teacher, Reading Interventionist, and my current position, Behavior Program Director. My true passion is social emotional learning as I am fascinated by human behavior and I love to connect with students by creating real relationships.
This love of relationships and maintaining connections with students led in my study to Restorative Discipline. Restorative Discipline is a way to create accountability with students while holding space to be nurturing and kind allowing the student to create a plan to restore the relationships broken by the incident.
Dear ADS staff,
I am so glad that you are here on this educational journey with us. I want you to reach out for any help or support. I am available for consultations about students, classroom management ideas, social skills presentations, and to lend a helping hand. Please don't hesitate to ask for my help and you are welcome to call or email.
In shared love for students,