I am, first and foremost, the mother of three beautiful and creative children who teach me daily, and second a teacher, curriculum designer, artist, and graduate of Amherst College (BA in Theater and Political Science) and NYU (MA in Applied Arts Education). These diverse and deeply enriching perspectives tested through 20 years of teaching provide the foundation to my approach to education.
I have coupled innovative best practices and proven early childhood education methodologies, to form . . . The Studio Garden! A unique place for children to flourish academically, creatively, and socially.
Professionally, my path has always gravitated around my twin passions for children and the arts. At last, they came together seamlessly when I began to work with Kia Woods, a renowned educator for over 50 years who mentored me in her unique arts-based Montessori education methodology. Kia trained me and entrusted me to carry on her unique techniques and profound expertise in early childhood learning. She now serves as a mentor for The Studio Garden, passing on her unique techniques and profound knowledge.
Drawing on the expertise of leading sources in arts education and early childhood learning, The Studio Garden creates a place for children and their loving adults’ to be grow. Our team is a dedicated group of professionals deeply committed to helping children reach their fullest potential. It is my sincere hope that The Studio Garden will help each and every child who passes our doors to come away with confidence in their own creativity, a curiosity that will last a lifetime, and a connection to nature and the wider world that will help make them the citizens we all need to shape our future.
The Studio Garden, like any any garden and the best works of art, will continue to grow. The work is never truly complete – the teacher is always a student. Working with our families and educators, we will continue to reach for the most beautiful learning moments possible. Together we will add more richness and beauty for our children, and they will carry that into our world.
For more on the perspectives that have shaped our approach, see the following links: