I was born at Santa Rosa Memorial and raised right here in Santa Rosa. I attended Saint Eugenes and went to Ursuline High School. My husband Brian and I moved to Sebastopol to raise our daughters Megan and Jordan. In my spare time, I love to take hikes. My favorite areas to go hiking are Point Reyes, Bodega Head, Armstrong Woods, Sugarloaf and Jack London State Park. I enjoy gardening, reading, and love spending time with my family and friends.
I started my career right here at BCNS. At a young age of 14, I was placed at BCNS as a summer aid. The Director at the time took me under her wing and taught me so much about early childhood development. The Director inspired me to consider a career in the field. After that, I worked every summer until graduating high school. I went on to attend the Santa Rosa Junior College until receiving my certificate in early childhood development. Over the years, I continue to attend seminars, classes and read articles about early childhood development.
The apple tree in the Big Yard is very dear to me. About 27 years ago, around the holidays, I walked into BCNS with a bare root twig of an apple tree reclaiming "this is our holiday tree!" Needless to say everyone laughed at me but they all decorated it with homemade ornaments. (think egg carton "bells", glitter pine cones and chili pepper lights) It truly looked ridiculous. Right before winter break that year, I dug a hole in the Big Yard and planted that little tree. The class of three year olds all circled around it and they sang "Oh Christmas Tree." Twenty-seven years later, I watch the children swing and see the transformation of the tree through the seasons and say to myself, " Who's laughing now ?!"