I'm currently the Director of Community and Credentialing, but I've been with Teachstone since 2010! It's been amazing to work with such a growing and mission-driven organization. Being at an education company has taught me so much about the importance of interactions (in and out of the classroom). I've been lucky enough to serve in a wide variety of teams and roles across Teachstone. Some of my previous experiences include providing customer and affiliate support, writing for the content team, delivering trainings, conducting CLASS observations, managing our products ... and now leading our community work! I can't wait to see the amazing things that will happen when we bring together groups of like-minded individuals who are passionate about impacting child outcomes--and I'm honored to be part of the journey in cultivating a community around this.
When I'm not at Teachstone, you might find me singing Motown hits around campfires, spending time with my nieces and nephews, tasting wine at local vineyards, cooking up something yummy in the kitchen, hiking with my pup, or kayaking a Virginia river with my husband.
Scenario: During a lesson on animals, children sit in assigned spots in a circle. The teacher asks, “How many of you have pets at home?” A few children raise their hands, and the teacher asks each of them to say what kind of pet they have and the pet’s name. The teacher then hands out cards featuring different animals. The children watch as the teacher calls on children to come to the middle of the circle and act out their animal. After each demonstration, they have the chance to guess the featured animal.
It’s fall in Charlottesville and officially sweater weather at the Teachstone offices. As a native New Yorker, I should be accustomed to the cold, but I can’t help but practice a few weeks of denial each year, wearing sandals and sundresses several weeks into October. All begrudging aside, one of the best things to do this time of year is to go hiking, and here in Charlottesville, we’re fortunate to call the Blue Ridge Mountains our neighbors!
The Teachstone Team is constantly striving to develop new, innovative products and discovering ways to improve our current materials. We recently focused our efforts of improving the suite of Pre-K CLASS training materials, including Introduction and Observation Trainings and the Train-the-Trainer program.