I am currently attending Portland State University in pursuit of a BS in Psychology, with the ultimate goal of gaining a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology. Previously, I have lived and worked most of my life in the Southeastern United States, where I received my Associates Degree from Valencia College in Orlando. I am passionate about researching and implementing evidence-based practices from birth through childhood and earned my Birth Doula Certification from the Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, helping low-income mothers achieve empowering birth experiences.
Since discovering my calling as an assistant to early childhood in 2008, I have made it my life's work to facilitate the healthy social, mental, and psychological growth of young children in traditional and alternative (Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia) style group care settings and as a nanny. I feel that every human being, young and old, deserves respect and autonomy. It is my belief that it is the nature of young children to seek knowledge and when given the freedom to direct their own learning they are capable of incredible growth. My goal is to guide children in a safe and respectful manner as they explore and discover the boundaries of their abilities and their world in a secure and playful environment.