- Children & Families
- ECE & OST Programs
- Communities & Businesses
- On My Way Pre-K
I began working at The Child Care Resource Network in: 2016
Hometown: Paris, IL
What inspires me? positivity, helping others, music
Who was my childhood hero? my mom and my teachers
Education: B.A. in Elementary Education
Favorite quote: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
Background and Expertise: Upon graduating from college, I began my ECE career as a Reading Improvement Aide in an elementary school in my hometown. Two years later I became the lead preschool teacher at a ministry in Illinois, and I fell in love with the early childhood field. I have worked in the CCR&R in Terre Haute, Indiana as a Referral Specialist and Education Specialist, and owned my own Family Child Care Home before moving to the Lafayette area. I taught as a temporary Kindergarten teacher, ABA Therapist, and Lead Toddler teacher before finding my home at The Child Care Resource Network. I absolutely love working one-on-one with child care educators and providing professional development to provide better outcomes for young children. I am very passionate about gaining new skills and learning new research to pass onto other educators. I'm also very passionate about incorporating music and fine arts into early childhood programs.
Ask me about... Paths to QUALITY, CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System), environments, strengthening your child care business practices through fiscal management, budgeting, marketing, recruitment and retention, modeling developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, and curriculum development/implementation.