Beyond Brookwood: My family just moved do this area and are still getting acquainted with the community. We have a wonderful neighborhood, love hiking, and are Mass Audubon members. I also love cycling, drawing (landscape sketch), and once made a professional soccer team; soccer is the sporting love of my life!
On risk-taking: As long as it’s not too risky! Joking aside, I deeply enjoy jumping into new environments and learning something new or something I’m not good at. (I remember my elementary teacher Ms. St. Hildair always had us try exotic foods: Snake and Frog Legs were on the menu in 2nd grade). Kindergarteners jump into new things almost every day, and I believe that the healthy risk-taking, social and emotional health of all people, especially young children, is fostered and developed in the Early Childhood grades. Therefore, I have always enjoyed helping children, each day, to feel good about themselves as people and as learners. I want them to feel smart, to know what they are good at, and to not be intimidated by what challenges them. I feel that the healthier children feel about themselves as they hit the inevitable “academic” bumps in the road, the more smoothly each child will make it through those times.