"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity."
Kay Redfield Jamison
I began my career in education as a teaching assistant, for children with special needs, with the Milton-Freewater School District. In the summer of 2006 I earned my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. In the fall of 2007 I went to work for Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, as a full day teacher. I worked for Head Start until the summer of 2014. After the birth of my second child, I decided to use my education and experiences to provide an educational and developmentally appropriate childcare for other families in the Pendleton area. I believe that kids need a chance to be kids, but also understand the pressures parents are facing to ensure their kids excel academically. I believe that through a planned environment, developed to encourage play, that provides opportunities for me to teach, I can both allow children a chance to play, while promoting education. At Playtime Education I want to engage children in play, so they can learn to explore, test ideas, and build skills necessary to be successful later in life!
I come to Playtime Education with an extensive background in culinary education. I have an Associates Degree in Pastries and Specialty Baking, and a Certificate in Culinary Arts. Early on in my career, I worked at the Walla Walla General Hospital as well as Cafe Ambrosia, a vegan restaurant in Seattle. Each of these positions gave me valuable experiences in preparing meals for individuals with restricted diets. My most recent position with Umatilla-Morrow Head Start provided me with an opportunity to work in the early childhood education field, using my culinary talents. In addition to providing nutritious USDA meals, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach children about cooking, nutrition, and gardening. In my split position between teaching assistant and chef at Playtime Education I'm looking forward to engaging children in activities that will help them develop healthy habits they can build on as they grow!