After graduating from Manhattan College with a B.A. in International Studies, I left the U.S. to teach English to 7th, 8th and 9th graders in a small rural town in Honduras. When I returned, I served as an Americorps Vista for a year followed by the completion of my MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with a specialization in Finance from NYU Wagner. My time in Grad school, as well as my fellowship with Education Pioneers, further fueled my passion for education. From 2013-2016, I worked as a Student Services Manager and Resident Director of Operations for Achievement First Endeavor Elementary, in Brooklyn. While at AF Endeavor, I began to take notice of Kindergarteners and their lack of preparation and social development upon entering school. I quickly realized that I wanted to work towards increasing awareness about the importance and long-term positive results of early childhood education.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Psychology, I was captivated by the education realm and worked as a pre-K teacher in both Albany and Yonkers, NY. Having dabbled into areas of Public Relations, Management and Event Planning, I took a position within the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School. During the 8 years at CBS, a clear message resonated, preparation is key and crucial for success at any age. Upon having my daughter, I quickly became engrossed by early childhood development and its importance. Leaving Columbia was a decision that was made with this in mind... being an active caretaker and an invested teacher. I believe children are unique and imaginative individuals with an immense capacity for growth in the early stages of their lives and I am passionate about allowing them to reach their developmental milestones at their given pace.