I grew up in Sandy, Utah, exploring the Wasatch mountains as a child, and traveling to many national parks in the West during summers. I loved school and was a student way too long, with degrees in English, environmental studies and elementary education. After graduating, I taught third through sixth grade in public schools, taught English in Puerto Rico and Japan, and taught environmental education at a national park in Colorado and Peace Corps Philippines. When my children were little, I started a small Waldorf preschool in Las Vegas. After visiting several Waldorf charter schools in the West, my family and I decided to teach and learn at Syringa, and to settle in Sun Valley to enjoy the outdoors and small-town life. I am excited to be a teacher at Syringa Mountain School, a place where movement, music, art, storytelling, natural science, and cultural history are integrated into a curriculum that is developmentally sound and creates a love of learning.