I am an early childhood educator, atelierista (for simplicity's sake, a Reggio-inspired studio teacher), consultant, teacher trainer and wanna-be writer. I received a Master's in Child Development from Mills College in 1999, and have worked in a variety of setting and capacities in the field of education since then.
My teaching philosophy and practice are influenced by a 15+ year (so far) study of the Reggio Emilia Approach; the work of ECE colleagues in Pistoia, Italy; lots of bits of Waldorf and Montessori education; reflective teaching practices as written about by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis; constructivism and good old friends Piaget and Vygotsky (where would I be without my own Zone of Proximal Development!); and the innovative and dedicated practitioners, thinkers and artists I have encountered along the way.
I am bicultural and bilingual - having spent my childhood in Italy (my father's homeland) and my teen-hood and young adulthood in the US in Virginia (where my mother hails from.) Since 1996, I have been living in Northern California, where I am re-discovering myself.
I thrive and long for creative thought and action; authenticity and reciprocity; cultivating my gumption and finding my bliss.
I (and this blog) am a work in progress.
Thank you for joining me on this journey, even if you are just stopping by.
- Your Agent Provocateur