A Note From the Director
Living in Arizona since the age of one, I understand the climate and culture of Phoenix. While attending public school, I was able to enroll for my 6th through 8th grade years in Westwood Traditional School (now Alhambra Traditional School), conceptually a precursor to the charter school concept. Combined with spending my 11th grade year as an exchange student in Finland, a country recognized as having a strong education system, these experiences inspired an understanding of the benefits of choices in education.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication at Arizona State University West in 1994. My first position, Human Resources, allowed me to learn several skills that would later help when starting Kaleidoscope School; including developing job descriptions, training new employees, and coordinating company-wide employee events. My next position, security sales, continued building my skillset by allowing me to learn sales and project coordination. In 2000, I returned to school, receiving my Post-Baccalaureate degree in Elementary and Secondary education at the University of Phoenix.
My teaching career started at Rancho Solano Private School teaching 4th-8th grades. I learned how to work with different ages and adapt the curriculum accordingly. During that time, I led the middle school team in integrating science, computers, and English classes successfully. I was also key in incorporating multiple outings into the community, including adopting a class from Papas School for the Homeless. After leaving Rancho Solano, I taught for 14 years in charter schools.
I taught 2nd through 8th grades in environments from classroom sizes of 15 to 36 children. During this time, I learned the importance of co-teaching and collaboration. In 2006, I received my Masters of Art in Education, Curriculum Development from the University of Phoenix. In 2006, I identified writing as an area of potential improvement in the school’s 3rd grade class, and designed and implemented a successful new writing curriculum to improve writing skills, resulting in measurable improvements.
In 2015, I opened a private preschool with one classroom, two children and a staff of 4. Today it has grown to 3 classrooms, 60 children, and a staff of 13. As owner, I have learned to make and stay within a budget, use marketing tools to reach the optimal number of customers, and identify a location and negotiate a lease for the school’s facilities.
I am strong believer in school choice and the charter school system, and I have a passion for offering a choice that provides a solid education through a positive school philosophy, highly-qualified teachers, strong parental involvement, and a close partnership with the community.