Finding creative solutions to challenges and enthusiastically trying to teach something five minutes after I learn it have always been my things.
One of six kids in less than optimal circumstances, I was the “go to gal” for figuring things out and getting things done.
I graduated from Duke University as a first generation scholarship student with a degree in Botany and passion to make the world a better place.
After graduating, I was prepared for grad school, but didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. I moved across the country to figure it out
Surprise, degree in hand, I found my education had only just begun.
I discovered a passion for community organizing, social justice, and learning by doing. Each day was an explosion of new skills, challenges and learning methods. I had incredible mentors and friends and learned to listen to and value the contribution of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Amazed at how much I was learning outside of a typical classroom setting, I decided to focus my passion to change the world in the field of education.
Over the years I’ve taught 7/8 grade science, grades 3,4,5 all subjects, grade 4-5 music appreciation and critical thinking skills, K-6 environmental education, and K-6 music,folk dance and drama. I’ve tutored children and adults in all subject areas.
After Dale completed 5th grade in public school, we began homeschooling which quickly turned into unschooling. The years of facilitating his learning journey required time, research, community building and new learning for the whole family.
I’ve had the privilege of working with more than a thousand children and their families. I know that as we support children’s curiosity and help them develop their motivation, skills and confidence they can be happy and successful in learning and in life.
I love being able to share what I have learned with others to help them on their parenting, learning or UnCollege adventure.