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I began working at The Child Care Resource Network in: 2014
Hometown: Lafayette, IN
What inspires me? people who smile at strangers, faith, friends, family, my daughter
Who was my childhood hero? my mom!
Education: Adult and Community Education, M.A., Ball State University
Executive Development and Public Service, M.A., Ball State University
Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, B.S. // Child Health minor, Purdue University
Favorite book: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Background and Expertise: I've always loved being around young children; even when I was a young child myself. I loved taking care of my younger sister and I especially loved reading to her. It was a natural decision to study early childhood education when I started attending Purdue University. I was able to spend a semester teaching in two different classrooms and also spent a semester working as a Child Life Specialist at Lutheran Children's Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. My first job out of college was at a small ministry child care and I was an assistant teacher. When I returned to Lafayette, I worked as a case manager for children with emotional disabilities. After 2 years as a case manager I became a team leader and lead a team of 15 case managers. After 5 years as a team leader I came to The Child Care Resource Network as the Professional Development Coordinator. Beginning in 2019, I stepped into my current role of Program Engagement Specialist.
Ask me about... opening a child care program, professionalizing your child care program, and I-LEAD (Indiana's Licensing and Education Access Depot)