I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado College in 1995 in Romance languages and Education. My most formative educational experience was traveling around the world with my family for 8 months in 1993-1994. I taught middle school language arts, geography, and world cultures in public schools in Colorado Springs for a few years before moving to Reno in 1999.
After moving to Reno, I stayed home with my then 1 year old daughter and began teaching and volunteering in the local home school community. Homeschooling one-on-one didn't work so well for us, so I started doing a lot more group learning with her, ultimately creating a small business called World of Wonders, WOW for short. Many of those students who starting group homeschooling with us at age 7 continued through 8th grade. After my daughter went on to public high school, I continued with a middle school homeschool supplementary program for a few more years.
In 2015, I decided to return to school and begin work on a masters in Elementary Education, planning on returning to public school teaching. After long-term subbing for a year and teaching second grade for six months and 17 days, I had to leave. I found I couldn't teach in a way that aligned with my beliefs, that is the short version.
In the meantime, my new little one, born in 2010 has begun formal schooling. I am very excited to have the opportunity to recreate and reenvision the kind of group homeschooling I did with my oldest with her.
I live out in Palomino Valley with my husband, who is also a teacher, my daughters, doggies, chickens, pony, and kitty.
What I Believe: