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A Bit About Me

One of my greatest passions in life is in the world of early childhood education. My background includes over 20 years of experience in education which include roles as a classroom teacher; Head Start director; curriculum and instructional coordinator; ECE and Psychology college professor; early childhood mental health consultant; Special Olympics Young Athletes Consultant.

I want nothing more than to equip ECE teachers, administrators, and families with developmentally appropriate practices to positively enhance the lives of our youngest learners. When I am not providing consultation or instructing at Pikes Peak State College you will find me with my amazing family.

I look forward to building strong relationships to grow professionals in the field of early childhood education, which includes birth through 3rd grade.

Education

  • PhD-Psychology w/emphasis in Cognition and Instruction

  • MA-Literacy, Language, and Culture

  • BA-Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Certifications
  • State of Colorado Teaching License

  • Early Childhood Education (0-8)

  • Elementary Education (K-6)

  • Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12)

 

  • State of New Mexico School Personnel License

  • Level Three-A Instructional Leader B-3 Early Childhood License w/TESOL Endorsement

  • Level Three-A Instructional Leader K-8 Elementary License w/TESOL Endorsement

  • Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Early Childhood Mental Health® as an Early Childhood Family Associate

  • Certified Preschool Climate of Healthy Interactions for Learning & Development (CHILD Scale) Observer.

Conference Presentations

Upcoming in 2024:

  • Pre-Intensive -Cultural Integration: Indigenizing Young Athletes Through Traditional Games, Language, and Food

      National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference

       Billings, MT June 24, 2024

  • Building Stronger Foundations: Fun Team Building for Head Start Staff

      National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference

       Billings, MT June 25, 2024

Past Trainings:

  • Building a Productive Child-Centered Program: Engaging Staff Through Motivational Practices:

       Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

        Denver, CO March 8, 2024

  • Indigenizing Special Olympics Young Athletes? Tell Me More..

        Native American Child and Family Conference

        Albuquerque, NM March 20, 2023

  • Establishing Positive Program and Family Connections

         Native American Child and Family Conference

         Albuquerque, NM March 20, 2023

  • Building a Productive Child-Centered Program

       National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference

       Arlington, VA June 2023

  • Using Laughter to Lead Because Laughter is Medicine Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

      Denver, CO March 2023

  • Indigenizing Special Olympics Programming for Head Start Classrooms Native American Child and Family Conference

     Albuquerque, NM March 2023

  • Using Laughter to Lead Because Laughter is Medicine Native American Child and Family Conference

     Albuquerque, NM March 2023

  • Using Laughter to Lead Because Laughter is Medicine National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference Portland, OR June 2022

  • Trauma Informed Classrooms National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference       

      Denver, CO June 2017

  • Tools to Use with Challenging Behaviors Southwest CO Association -Education of Young Children Conference

      Durango, CO October 2016

  • Corn Husk Dolls: A Historical Doll Still Loved Today Native American Child and Family Conference

      Albuquerque, NM March 2016

  • Culture is Cool Southwest CO Association -Education of Young Children Conference

      Durango, CO September 2015

  • Culture is Cool Native American Child and Family Conference

      Albuquerque, NM March 2015

  • Brain Breaks…A Way to Help Children Stay Alert and Focused Native American Child and Family Conference

     Albuquerque, NM March 2015

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