I was born the third of four children. My childhood was spent at the end of a court, surrounded by identical houses, talking with kids with bike handles flowing with sparkly tails. I spent my time going from Catholic school to Catholic school from California to New York and back again.
After graduating from California State University Chico in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Primary Education) I embarked on a decade journey into the magical world of child development. Fortunate to be employed with some of the most innovative teachers in the San Francisco Bay area, I furthered my learnings in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and worked my way up the ladder, eventually becoming a director of a large non-profit center in Palo Alto, California. My passion for ECE catapulted me into involvement with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. While directing, I was a trainer of teachers, parents and children.
When my first daughter was born, I opened a home childcare centre “Ducks in a Row”. An active parent, I served as president of “Hill N Dale” , a co-operative emergent preschool and was active in Almanor mothers club as librarian and contributor for the newsletter.
I fell in love with New Zealand in 1993 and returned in 2001 to reside permanantly. My humble home overlooks Little Oneroa beach where I live with my three stunningly beautiful, intelligent daughters Elise (16), Alexa (14) Zuva (5) and my dashing life partner, James Samuel. I enjoy travel, child advocacy and all things impractical. I currently write, relieve teach, volunteer and raise my daughters. Mostly, though, I walk the beaches filled with gratitude for this blessed life.
Here is my background – professionally speaking.