How did you find FORM?
While I was completing my undergrad in early childhood education at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul, Phyllis Porter came to speak to my class about infant development. I had the opportunity to connect with Phyllis on a few occassions as I continued my education and made a point to reach out to her when I obtained my first teaching job. It was at this time that Phyllis invited me to join FORM. I was thrilled to discover FORM and be apart of a group of people dedicated to Magda Gerber’s work.
What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?
Respect and following the child’s lead. When I was first introduced to Magda Gerber’s work, everything clicked for me. I truly believe that quality care and education from birth are critical for healthy growth and development and the educaring approach aligns so well with what I believe infants need.
What are you most grateful for?
I am grateful for my family and for the beautiful relationships we share. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to care for young children during the most critical times in their lives.
What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?
I try to be present with my family and appreciate the moments we have together.
If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?
“85 at 25” because everyone always says I was born in the wrong decade since my interests are more closely aligned to those of my grandmothers. :)
What was your favorite book as a child?
Dance at Grandpas by Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Spring Rabbit by Joyce Dunbar. I loved the babies in these books. :)
What teacher inspired you the most? How?
When I was in second grade I had a teacher who had a piano in the middle of the classroom. She would play the piano and we would sing as a class. I loved how she made school so enjoyable! She inspired me to become a teacher.I was also deeply inspired by several of my college professors who showed excitement for their work and encouraged and supported me in my passion for working with young children.
What 3 words best describe you?
Passionate, caring and tenderhearted