“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Lao Tzu
This quote best sums up my life, for I am a teacher – first, last, and always.
From my earliest recollection, I played school with my dolls and stuffed animals. Within my family, I was the one drawn to the children (and they to me). And, of course, I always came to family gatherings armed with materials and supplies for unique projects. I still do.
When teaching is in your heart, it is there to stay.
I hold a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Management, and I’ve spent the better part of my professional life in the field of early childhood education. I have been a teacher of children (infant through kindergarten); a supervisor of teachers and student interns; a director of child care centers, one of which, the John Hancock Child Care Center in Boston, had as many as two hundred children, and a staff of sixty; an education specialist for the Head Start program; a Director of Education for Mulberry Child Care Centers, Inc.; a conference coordinator for many early childhood conferences; an advisory board member for several early childhood initiatives; a conference speaker and presenter; a teacher of adults; and, co-author of a book for preschool teachers. I have “lived” in this field for a number of years!
I am passionate about quality child care and early education for the youngest of our children, and, over the years, have met and worked with many, many other equally passionate people as I moved from one position to the next.
Currently, I am working with you – early childhood program directors, leaders, and teachers, because you hold the key to quality early education and care. You are the people who will make the positive difference in the lives of our youngest children. You are the people who will create the learning environments and programs. You are the people who will hire your staffs and train them well. You are the people who will support, motivate, mentor, and inspire.
Yet, you are also the people whose shoulders are heavy with responsibility. I know what decisions you must make; what financials you must meet or exceed; what regulations and standards you must uphold; what challenges you must work through; what skills all of this demands; and, I also know that you must do much alone – keeping many confidences to yourself. I have lived your life!
I believe that we are meant to learn as much as we can, and then share our experiences. I believe we are meant to connect with one another and to build relationships. And, I believe we are meant to lift up and support one another – both personally and professionally.
Everything I have done thus far in my life has brought me to this place. Everything I have learned I have begun to share more globally.
On the pages of this Web site, you will see the many programs and services I have developed, and offer to you. My consulting, mentoring, coaching, workshops and training come straight from my experiences, supported by my reading, learning, and education. I share what I have learned with sensitivity, humor, empathy, and sincere enthusiasm. I hope to inspire!
As directors, leaders, and teachers of programs, you give of yourselves every minute of your workday – and you, too, need to be replenished, restored, supported, and yes, cheered on from time to time.
Teaching and caring for young children is an honorable profession. It is also an awesome responsibility, a humbling experience, and life-changing work. And, it demands the very best we have to give.
What I have learned during my career as early childhood teacher, supervisor, director, and leader, I am excited to share with you.