My career working with children began in 2006 at an out of school time program in Hopkins, Minnesota. From there I pursued a degree in Outdoor Education with an emphasis in Natural History from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Throughout my time in college I worked first as a counselor and eventually as the Camp Director at a Minnesota residential and day camp.
After leaving camp I took a job as an Assistant Teacher for a Reggio inspired preschool. I was lucky enough to work alongside my old preschool teacher who had an immense impact on my childhood. Together we provided a child-centered experience for many children.
In 2012, I set out on an adventure to New Zealand. I spent the first few months working as a live-in au pair for three girls and experienced everyday life as a kiwi. After the holidays, I started working as an outdoor instructor at a YMCA camp and worked my way up the ranks again. After my yearlong visa expired, I headed back to Minnesota.
Finding myself back home, I went to work for the Hopkins School District once more. After spending a few years there working with elementary aged children, I accepted a position as a preschool teacher in Minnetonka. I spent the last two years there helping bring a new perspective and ideas to their program.
I work to build an atmosphere that focuses on providing outdoor opportunities and child-centered learning. The learning environment should promote growth by creating challenges, relationships, and fun!
When Allison was offered a job at UWS I was thrilled to move to Duluth. After some time searching for a place to learn and grow, I accepted the position of Assistant Teacher at UMD's Preschool at the Park in August of 2017. I am taking on the Head Teacher role starting in August of 2018. In March of 2018 I started my Master of Arts in Education – Early Childhood program and am excited to bring my new knowledge into the classroom.
With my spare time, Allison and I like to take our dog on hikes, check out new places to eat, and catch up with friends and family.