|my kindergarten photo, age 5yo.|
I am an early childhood educator passionate about photography and documentation as daily integrated tools for understanding young childrens play, process and development.
It inspires me to take photos of children during their work - their hands and minds engaged - and I feel that the child's focus and intention comes out in the photo.
I hold an MA in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. The most incredible professional journey I have ever taken was under the guidance of Daniel Meier and Barbara Henderson in the graduate program at San Francisco State University. They were and continue to be inspiring mentors in a field that deserves intentional and committed leaders. They are co-editors of Voices of Practitioners, an online teacher research feature of NAEYC's Young Children click here for link to Voices
I have been a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years, mostly working with 4s and 5s, yet have worked with toddlers through kindergarten age students. I could only work in a constructivist model setting where children are valued and uplifted as the meaning makers of their learning. I believe that project work and skill based explorations both belong in the classroom.
I am a passionate collector and reader of children's books. The bay area of California is fortunate to have 2 independently owned children's bookstores. Hicklebee's and Linden Tree Books Here is the link to my favorite Read-Aloud Books
I am currently the blogger for Zella Said Purple. I am grateful to another mentor from a former school for suggesting that I dabble in blogging. The connections that I have made locally and across continents has been astounding and beyond inspirational.
Ironically, the Zella blog was the vehicle that lead me to...
I am also part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University in the Elementary Education Department. I have discovered that working with new or soon-to-be-teachers has its own rich reward which - while it cannot compare to working with young children - surprised me that I became so enchanted by the work to which these new teachers are devoted.