I have been working with young people and families for over 20 years. Moving between teacher to child advocate to director and school founder, I have seen lots of great individuals getting stuck in moments of great struggle. Connection takes real intention, especially when the going gets tough. I see this work of coaching as a type of first aid for family health. I know it's never too late to connect and never too late to repair. Work with me and take your role as caregiver from theory to practice today!
I come from a big family with 4 sisters (yep, I'm 1 of 5 girls!) and about 50 first cousins. Needless to say, I have spent a lot of time observing and analyzing human behavior at many large family gatherings. I grew up in the Chicago area and have been lucky to live in several places teaching all over the world since 2003.
I studied at Loyola University New Orleans and this is where I truly feel like I "grew up" the most. I went on to get my master's degree in early childhood education at the University of Colorado Denver. A fun fact is that I was pregnant when I started the program, and pregnant again when I graduated!
My partner and I live in Michigan where we can be close to family, my favorite city (Chicago!), and all the fun outdoors spots for hiking, camping, and beaching it as a family. We have two kids and an adorable little pup named Frankie. We equally love relaxing and playful adventuring.
I am fortunate to have taught and facilitated in a variety of education and care settings. Along with those roles, I also teach yoga, specializing in prenatal and trauma-informed. I'm a birth doula and childbirth educator as well. I truly believe in supporting families from birth through life.