I delight in children’s discoveries and the process of helping them learn to make good choices. I believe that learning must actively engage children, encouraging them to explore, experiment, and to know the world around them. I have cherished being able to help hundreds of children become strong, confident readers.

For me, one of the most exciting parts of education is sharing the world with children. I have been a guest teacher in Russia and observed classrooms in Ecuador, France, Mexico and Spain, as well as schools in many states in the USA.

With this in mind, I feel that by focusing on the process of learning I am able to more clearly understand the learning needs of each child. I look forward to collaborating with parents to develop character in children.



Founder and Director, Learning World, LLC, 2012-Present

Music Specialist, Penny Lane Early Childhood Center, Elsah, Illinois, 2014-2016

Parkway School District, St. Louis, MO Oasis Intergenerational Tutor, 2013-2016

Center Director, Music Together LLC, 2012-2016

Lead Teacher, Independent Private School, St. Louis, MO. Principia School  1990-2013
First Grade
Design, develop and implement unique curriculum each year incorporating progressive innovations in early childhood education. Program includes experiential-education elements such as weekly outdoor explorations, constructivist activities, and differentiated instruction. Work closely with parents through weekly parenting newsletters, annual workshops, tutoring, regular one-on-one consultations, and book clubs.

Lead teacher of Early Childhood, 1985-1990

Reading Tutor, 1968-Present

Lecturer/Workshop Facilitator, 1983-Present
Guest lecturer for children’s literature  college classes and early childhood education centers.

Presenter on “Linking Ethics Into the Elementary Curriculum” for Independent Schools for St. Louis region, St. Louis Recreation Dept., Cooperating School District Character Education Conferences.

Founder and Director, Neighborhood School Programs
Tallahassee, Florida 1972-1975; St. Louis, Missouri 1983-1984
Launched and directed experiential education community early childhood programs.


Webster University, Master’s at Teaching (MAT), 1988
St. Louis Missouri, GPA 4.0 (4.0 scale)

Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts (BA), 1976
Tallahassee, Florida, GPA 3.7 (4.0 scale) 


  • Music Together LLC – Registered Teacher and Center Director Center for Music and Young Children
  • International Literacy Association – Certified in literacy and phonics
  • Responsive Classroom: Northeast Foundation for Children – Certified in education empowerment
  • Lindamood-Bell – Certified in phonemic sequencing
  • Understanding by Design – Certified in curriculum design
  • Focus St. Louis – Certified in education leadership
  • Six+ Traits Writing Skill Development-Certified in Writers’ Workshop methods
  • Professional Learning Communities – Leader in development and implementation
  • Reggio Emelia – Training in facilitation
  • Four-Blocks – Certified in literacy instruction
  • Math-In-Focus-Certified in elementary math curriculum
  • Institute for Global Ethics – Certified in ethics education/Train the Trainer program
  • Webster University Community Music School
  • The Oasis Institute – Certified in Intergenerational Tutoring Parkway School District
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Educators for Social Responsibility
  • National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Association for Education of Young Children
  • American Red Cross – Water Safety Instructor
  • Kappa Delta Pi – Education Honorary
  • Center for Music and Young Children
  • International Literacy Association
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement ECMMA



Contact Information: www.learning-world.org