Hello, I am the Director of Building Blocks Preschool since 2018. I began my career in Early Childhood Education as a Head Start teacher in a double session program in Harrison, MI (Clare County) in 1992. I was promoted to Lead Teacher and site supervisor the following year. I remained in that position for the next 20 years until my classroom was closed due to budget cuts. I found a wonderful position at Oakland Family Services as an Early Learning Communities Instructor/Trainer. I provided professional development training for licensed program staff, unlicensed caregivers and parents. In 2013 I was promoted to Lead Instructor/ Parent Facilitator. During this phase of my employment I not only provided trainings, but added Play and Learns for children 0-5, PIWI (Parents Interacting With Infants) for children and their parents for 0-2, and facilitated “Positive Solutions for Families”, a 6 week series for parents and court ordered participants, who were required to take a parenting training class prior to unification with their children.
I have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes Campus, a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University and a Master’s of Science in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Administration, Management and Leadership from Walden University.
A bit about my personal life, I am the mother to 3 grown sons and my precious “fur-babies”. I have a very spoiled Yorkie named Sophie and an equally spoiled German Shepard named Xena. I love to scrapbook and make cards for my family and friends. I also love to read.
I am very excited to be a part of the Building Blocks Family and have been welcomed wholeheartedly by our amazing staff.
My passion is working with young children and allowing them to be curious, smart and engaging while they are learning skills to become lifelong learners. I am also excited to be working with parents on a regular basis. I look forward to many happy and exciting years at Building Blocks.