For over twenty years, I have been working in North and Northeast Portland with children ages birth to second grade. After completing my degree, I worked with an Albina Head Start Program at Vernon Elementary School in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I then worked at the Multnomah County North Portland Parent Child Development Center running their preschool program. I have worked in public, private, and non-profit preschool and toddler classrooms. I have gleaned much along the way through universities, trainings, research, teachers, and most of all from children themselves (including my own children). I am RIE certified and studied directly with Magda Gerber. I have been inspired by many child development authors and have incorporated Unconditional Parenting, Sensory Integration, and Collaborative Problem Solving into my educational practice. My eclectic knowledge, experience, and dedication to early childhood education culminated in the creation of Hummingbird Preschool in 2005.
I am currently pursuing my degree in Early Childhood Education & Family Studies at PCC and have achieved a Step 7 in the ORO Program. I am also a native Spanish speaker and have previous experience working as a Spanish-English interpreter. I had always enjoyed being around children but I became very passionate about early childhood education after having my son. Even though I was doing well when I was interpreting. I found myself always seeking out opportunities to work with children on my free time. I truly love to work with children and so I decided to become a teacher. I worked at a bilingual Montessori school for the past year and a half and gained invaluable experiences during my time there. My practice is influenced by Montessori, Reggio, RIE, Emergent, and Anti-Bias education. I strive to be an intentional and supportive teacher to each child and use developmentally appropriate strategies, such as positive guidance, to help them achieve their individual goals. I also try to encourage independence, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration whenever possible. I am very happy to now be working at Hummingbird Preschool.