I grew up in a small town called Goleta, near Santa Barbara, California. At the end of my street was a stand of eucalyptus trees that my brother, two sisters and I called “the forest.” Beyond that were fields that became the bluffs overlooking the ocean. This was my back yard and it did a lot to shape who I am and what I love: the ocean, being outdoors, relaxing, reading, imagining and figuring out how things are made. In my spare time I do yoga, go biking, people watch at cafes, listen to music, dance, knit, crochet, paint, sew, garden and make jewelry. My husband and I love traveling to other countries- we have been exploring our way through a long list of places we would love to visit… I have been teaching for over 20 years, and still love sharing my passion and creativity with children. Teaching is really a cyclical exchange: children share their theories and thoughts about life, and I get to listen and discuss with them, and then ask questions and set out experiences that provoke more thinking. I am sure I am forgetting to tell you other things that make up who I am, but that’s what’s nice: we’ll get to know each other more over this school year!