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I am  currently the Lead Teacher at the Montessori School of Sonoma, CA. I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1991 including years at the Sonoma Waldorf School and The Child Development Center in Santa Rosa, a wonderful place of diversity. I received my Primary Montessori teaching certificate from Ursula Thrush, Montessori of the Golden Gate in San Francisco, in 2002.

I graduated from high school in Germany and came to the US as a physical therapist. In 1985 I was accepted into the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) continuing education program for neurological patients at Kaiser Hospital, Vallejo. Prior to 1991 I worked at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.

I switched careers due to the birth of our first son. I was absolutely fascinated by having a baby and witnessing the wonder of growth and human behavior right before my eyes. Never before had I given it any thought, but now I couldn’t stop watching and thinking about child development. All parents have experienced the awe of waking up their son or daughter in the morning and the child looks distinctly different than the night before. What happened? A tiny chapter of childhood has been completed, and on and on we go.

I offer a strong Montessori curriculum to all young students just entering the Primary grades, as well as detailed, theme-based lesson plans to children 5 and 6 years of age. It is called ‘The Third Year’ Of Montessori Education and exceeds the public Kindergarten year due to global, cultural subjects and the implementation of peace in our community through Care, Share, Help, and Listen.

One of my  favorite topics is parenting, so when the idea of a podcast presented itself to me, I right away saw this as an ideal format to connect with parents. One of my former parents responded by telling me she will listen to the podcast while nursing her third daughter at 2 am. Thanks, Jenna!

My two sons, Dustin and Nick, are well on their way to dive into parenthood themselves. It tickles me to think of the moment when their worlds as they know them will come to a halt and priorities will change forever. With my coffee in hand I am ready for a stream of apologies and questions.

I live in the city of Sonoma and my garden holds the promise of pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, spinach, kale and many other veggies. 7 years ago I rescued a sweet little dog who, at the time, was so severely traumatized he was not even adoptable. I just love him so much, and I can count on his loyalty every day.

Intending to not-sweat-the-small-stuff I get it all out of my system at Sonoma Like It Hot Yoga.