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:
Young Explorers Group Mission Statement - Our goals for getting along and working together:
Safety FIRST! We are aware of our surroundings and each other. We think before we act.
We explore and try new things. When we are at the edge of our comfort zone is when we are really learning and growing.
We are creative. We make messes and clean up after ourselves. We take care of our space and materials so we can always be inspired.
We celebrate each other’s successes. We all have different gifts and talents. We dream big, and encourage each other.
We’re not perfect. We make mistakes, and we all have room for improvement. We try to accept and forgive ourselves and others, knowing that we are always learning and growing.
We have disagreements. We try to resolve them by listening to each other’s point of view and brainstorming solutions. Sometimes we have to just agree to disagree and let it go.
We work while we work, and play while we play. There’s a time for silliness and a time for focus. Different activities require different levels of focus and choice.
We are in charge of our own learning. We actively seek what is important and interesting in any moment.