Q: Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams?
I grew up in California and had no inclination I’d ever leave. I’ve been here since 2011, and I absolutely consider this home. My undergraduate degree was first going to be vocal performance, but I discovered I didn’t want the lifestyle that being a professional singer demands. I changed to Religious Studies, and took coursework with an emphasis in shared stories. I loved all the history, anthropology, psychology, science, world perspective, and discussion these courses included.
My interests include Big Conversations and Learning. I like to travel and to make lists. I’m learning to enjoy writing, and I always like pushing myself.
I’d always wanted to own a home that needs a little bit of renovating, and to fix it up, and the house my husband and I bought a month before our wedding turns 100 in 2021!
Q: How were you first introduced to Montessori?
I went to a Montessori Primary and Elementary school. I am discovering new ways every day in which that foundational education experience formed my perspective.
Q: What was it about Montessori that resonated with you?
I kind of thought this is how everyone understood the world. It wasn’t until I was in High School, when people asked questions in Geometry class that seemed like logical answers to me, that I understood how different my early education was, and how deeply it affected my whole life.
When I was figuring out what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was so grateful for my Montessori education. I found myself teaching in every job I had, whether or not that was the intent of the role! I wanted to pay it forward, to perhaps give this gift to a child, this ability to think about things in the grand scope.
Q: What brought you to Baan Dek?
I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years! I never expected to be here this long, and now I can never imagine leaving. I’ve completely fallen in love with life at Baan Dek and in Sioux Falls.
I was so inspired by the energy and forward-thinking I was met with at Baan Dek. This passion has persisted, and I’m thrilled to be part of this community that always pushes me.
Q: What treats do you always say yes to?
Peppermint ice cream and French Silk Pie.
Q: What is your favorite color?
Rainbow, or glitter, or yellow, or this strange non-color I seem to always be attracted to that is not-yellow-not-brown-not-green but I can’t really name.
Q: What is your favorite childhood book or movie?
I loved the Little House on the Prairie series, and I never imagined I would in her backyard! I also really liked the Boxcar Children and Baby-Sitters Club. I still like to read books in a series.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to knit, sew, take yoga and barre classes, listen to books and podcasts, garden, and DIY house projects.
Q: What is your favorite animal and why?
Bees. They’re so lovely, and we need them!
Q: What did you want to be when you were little?
I was definitely going to grow up to be a soccer player and singer.
Q: What’s a fun fact about your life?
Prior to coming to Baan Dek, I lived in Germany, which had always been a dream!