I am proud to call Williamsburg Montessori my home. I have been with working with children for the past 9 years. I hold an American Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistant Guide Certification, and I am currently earning my Bachelors in Education. Teaching and learning from each student has been my pride and joy. When I am not at work you can find me traveling, watching movies and finding new activities and exploring new places with my partner.
My first memory of teaching is from the time I diligently taught my younger sister to read and write in Turkish when she was seven and I was a few years older. My family had moved from Istanbul and I was attending the American School of Paris. After finishing an international high school, my swimming brought me to California to train for the Olympics. Although I graduated with an English and Communications degree, I soon started working on film sets as an Assistant Director and later as a Lighting Designer. Both in Los Angeles and New York, my career is full of amazing stories and collaborative creative accomplishments.
During all those years I was teaching in so many ways and always felt a special interest and respect for the generous minds of children. My daughter’s primary years in a Montessori school followed by my AMS training in ages 6-9 and 9-12 have brought me to WMS where I feels incredibly fortunate to guide the elementary children through these amazing years of discovery.
I grew up in Manhattan and graduated from the Dalton School. After studying art history at Yale and architecture at The Cooper Union I spent time designing school learning gardens. This work inspired a change of careers, and I became a NYS certified K-12 visual arts teacher. Soon after I discovered Montessori and began working as a Primary guide. I have helped start several Montessori programs in Brooklyn and NYC. When not at school, you can find me cooking in the kitchen with one of my three teen aged children, tending to my layer hens or practicing hot yoga.