After many years and more than 20 moves through 4 countries, my path has led me here to Asheville to finally dig in my roots, and I am so grateful. I was born in South Africa and at the age of 11, I emigrated to England with my family, holding the deep complexities and rich beauty of South Africa within, where they will always be.
My path began in my senior year of high school as a tutor and mentor in the EC dept. I immediately felt connected.
My restless spirit took me to the University of Dundee, Scotland, where I studied for a bachelors in Literature and graduated with honors. During my senior year, I applied to and was accepted by the University of Vermont Graduate School to study a Masters in Education and I emigrated to the US. Very complicated life events prevented me from ultimately completing my Masters, something I have always deeply regretted. My long, winding EC path has led me from Vermont to California, New Hampshire and finally to North Carolina, working as an EC Assistant in a Private School, a Residential School and a Public School. While living in California, I co-supervised a program for youth with significant disabilities and taught in programs for adults with significant disabilities. In Winooski, VT I enjoyed a detour as an assistant at Vermont Public TV. Finding this unique and enriching EL school, where every educator and staff member is extremely gifted and dedicated to the school’s vision, was the best thing to happen to me in my career.
I love to spend precious time with the three amazing young adults in my life. I also read, write, escape into world music and listen to inspirational podcasts. When time allows, I seek quiet, open spaces outdoors where I can breathe deep, listen to the silence and reset.