I have a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC Davis. In 2016 I retired my lab coat when I had my first daughter, Hazel. I traded my pipettes and petri dishes for diapers and board books, and I have never been more fulfilled! In 2018, I joined the CPNS community with Hazel in the 2-day class while Phoebe, my second, was just one month old.
CPNS has enriched my family in so many ways. During the isolation of the pandemic, CPNS was a beacon of light for us. By adapting their practices and moving classes outdoors, CPNS provided a safe place for my daughters to continue to thrive and grow when we were otherwise stuck at home. Pre-K prepared my daughters to enter Kindergarten with confidence and empathy and gave them an enthusiasm for learning that continues to serve them both. Over the last 5 years at CPNS I have also thrived as an individual. I found a like-minded community of diverse parents on parallel journeys. I experienced tremendous satisfaction during my co-op days, getting to know, support, and play with my children's peers. By attending countless Parent Support Workshops (PSWs) I strengthened my parenting techniques and learned about toddlers' development and needs.
I am honored to join the team of amazing teachers at CPNS as an Assistant Teacher and to give back to the community that has given me so much! So many things in a child’s world can be daunting or downright scary; conflict resolution, new experiences, separation anxiety, uncertainty, or if you're my daughter, the terrifying smell of a fresh strawberry. I aim to be a nurturing and caring presence during the challenges of preschool and to support the other teachers in any way I can.
Once a week it is my pleasure to spend time with the afternoon class teaching music.
I started private voice lessons more than 3 decades ago and have sung solo and chorus, including Opera San Jose and Masterworks Chorale.
I have studied ballet, jazz, modern, and tap.
We express our emotions!
I have a BA in Drama from UC Irvine. Finally, our class is developmentally appropriate.
I spent 6 years as a preschool co-op parent, including right here at CPNS. I feel so lucky to still be a part of this wonderful community.