I started in the early childhood education field 13 years ago as a teacher’s assistant. I quickly moved up to Lead Teacher where I spent 5 years teaching 3 & 4 year old children. I realized that while I loved teaching young children, my passion was in helping new and existing teachers create a high quality learning environment for their students. I began to study effective leadership and coaching techniques and looked for opportunities to apply them. An internal coaching position presented itself to me and I soon found myself coaching my colleagues on best practices in reducing challenging behaviors in the classroom.
I immersed myself in the role and went to every training available in order to be an expert on the subject. I traveled to St. Petersburg Florida to become certified in administering the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT). A nationally recognized program for addressing challenging behaviors through building relationships, creating developmentally appropriate environments, and using strategies to build social and emotional competency in young children. The coaching opportunity led to an Assistant Director position and an additional coaching opportunity. I am also the internal coach for implementing Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) through the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3). This allows me to coach and mentor teachers in regards to all aspects of their classroom: teaching practices; appropriate environments; social-emotional development; team building; and more.
I also recently completed the Adult Learning Academy through the Nevada Registry to become a certified trainer in early childhood education. This has opened another avenue for me to coach and train teachers and directors outside of my organization and across the state. I am an avid reader, student of my profession, and I am passionate about development, both personally and professionally. My favorite moments are when a teacher or director has reached a goal they have set for themselves that has had a positive impact on them and for their students!