Objective

Teach children in a school environment holistically supportive of the entire child and their family.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2006 - Present

Coordinator of Childcare and PreSchool Ministries

First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma

Responsible for supervising, managing and scheduling part-time childcare staff (approximately 15 individuals)

Responsible for Wednesday night JAM (Jesus And Me) curriculum and programming and Friday MOPS

Started the FPCE Autism Support Program, including monthly parent support and play group meetings

Education

Education
May 1987

Bachelor of Arts

Texas Tech University

Skills

Skills

Teaching

I have always been a teacher. I taught for 9 years as a public school classroom teacher  in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, and taught as a K-6 math specialist. For the past 14 years I have worked with preschool-age children as a teacher, facilitator, teacher trainer, and curriculum specialist in church ministry.

Service to Special Populations

The past three years I have been actively involved with several urban ministries serving low income families and children. I have helped organize and maintain several projects in a local, low-income apartment complex in Edmond. These projects include after-school tutoring, backyard Bible Club, monthly parties, monthly food bank (Project 66) transportation and childcare. Additionally I have helped organize and staff weekly hot dog suppers and children's activities in summer months with the purpose of building community relationships between families. As a result of this project work and these relationships, I was able to get to know, employ, and mentor several women from the apartment complex as part-time child care staff. This opened the door to opportunities for job training and subsequent career advancement for several of these women, who have moved on to full-time employment as childcare staff in other organizations.   In the last eight months, I have had the opportunity to mentor a young mother of four in the Bridge to Life (BTL) program at the Oklahoma City City Rescue Mission. Through that experience I have been able to start a weekly class for preschoolers at the City Rescue Mission, and am currently involved in helping organize a summer sports camp in June at the Mission. Redeeming the Family (RDF) is another recent project and outreach ministry I have started volunteering with. Redeeming the Family supports the children of incarcerated parents in Oklahoma by providing books and recorded video messages to reconnect or maintain their relationships.

Other Gifts and Skills

  My gifts include leadership, teaching, curriculum writing, event planning, interpersonal relationships, organization, staff supervision, training and singing with children. I am a very collaborative person, and enjoy working with as well as leading teams. I work well with volunteers as well as professional staff members.