Who are you and what do you do?
I am currently retired. Though I am retired, I remain a member of the South Suburban Chapter of ILAEYC and serve on the board as a member-at-large. I also am part of the SAM project.
How long have you been in the field?
I began my career in early childhood as a Montessorian in 1970 and soon opened Hickory House Montessori School. After returning to school for my master’s degree, I joined the faculty at Moraine Valley Community College and there I directed the lab school and taught in the Child Care program. I also joined the South Suburban AEYC and served on the board in many capacities.
Why did you join Illinois AEYC?
In 1971, I traveled to Reggio Emilia. That experience greatly influenced my work with teachers and young children. It was amazing to be there with Lillian Katz and spend time with Eileen Borghia and the rest of the delegates. It was a magical time.
What is your favorite ILAEYC Memory?
One of the most memorable positions I held was that of representative to ILAEYC board. What an exciting time it was to be in the field and be in the company of all the movers and shakers in Illinois! Favorite memory: Attending the board meetings. I enjoyed the comradery of meeting with a glass of wine on the night before and the intense and rewarding meetings on Saturday. Driving down with Kerri Nolan was also a great time; we are life-long friends.
What are some professional accomplishments you are proud of?
One of my favorite accomplishments on the SSAEYC board included starting a Director’s Network and working with them on Accreditation. The directors encouraged each other and great friendships were formed. They still meet on a regular basis and are an important part of our mission.
When the PreK at Risk program was developed, I was privileged to be a consultant; I was also PGA for a year as we encouraged young teachers to further their education.
What is your favorite Children’s book and why?
One of my favorite children’s books is The Best Nest, by P.D. Eastman. For me, it heralds spring. The children love it and are on a constant lookout for birds making nests and what they need. It paves the way for many projects.
Tell us about your family and hobbies:
I spend my free time with my family. I am blessed with 14 grandchildren and 4 great-granddaughters! If there is any time left, I knit, crochet, read and have lunch with friends.