I grew up living abroad, and traveling seems to be encoded in my DNA. From living in Mexico and Guatemala as a child and into adulthood, traveling to China at the age of fourteen, to now regularly traveling our country and Central America on family vacations, we just cannot get enough. Other cultures and world views have molded who I am and my philosophy of education and life in general. My husband, Dom, and I love having our daughter tag along with us now! Nothing better than having these experiences together as a family!
From my childhood, I knew I would work with children in some capacity: Babysitting and working in our church nursery in my youth, then following the dream to work with orphans after high school, I knew it was part of my future. After five years of volunteering with indigenous tribes in Mexico while working with all age groups, I decided to pursue a degree and a career that would support my vision for my future. This led me to studying Spanish and Communication Studies at University, then on to getting certified for public education, allowing me to work with at-risk students for eight years. While I will cherish those experiences, memories, and students for a lifetime, being blessed with my own little miracle moved me to reflect on what both her and my academic future should consist of. I knew I needed to find a new home. More freedom and individualized learning experiences propelled my research, which led me to Headwaters.
Subbing in Spring 2017 across all three campuses gave me a broad view of how amazing the continuum of Headwaters is, and I fell in love! My first day I subbed in the Hummingbird’s classroom, witnessing how independent and strong these little humans can be in the right environment and nurtured by their loving guides, then I moved on to sub in Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School. I noticed a common thread across all campuses: love and respect, independent learning, deep and critical thinking, and a certain freedom to be who you are with acceptance. Oh, the list goes on. I could envision my daughter growing and coming into her own here at Headwaters. Following a “meant to be” chain of events this spring, I was thrilled to accept the support position in the Hummingbirds Classroom, working with Emily and Rebecca.
I worked the Camp Headwaters summer camp with my daughter in tow. On Friday of our first week of summer camp, she ran up to the front door of the Spring Campus and exclaimed, “We are home!!!!” Yes, my love, we are home.