I began working at the Child Study Center as a graduate assistant in a classroom of 4-years-old children (the Red Lions) in 1985. In 1987 I became the Head Teacher of the newly opened Infant-Toddler Program of the CSC. After spending several years with the two-years-old children, I became the Director of the CSC in 1992.
Since 1989, I have watched and helped our program maintain national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and since 2001, maintain a 3-Stars Quality Rating through the State of Tennessee. Our two-fold mission (child care facility and University laboratory environment for students) challenges me and our staff in meeting not only the needs of young children and their families served in our program, but also the University students who either work in our program as part-time caregivers or participate in the classrooms completing their academic coursework. Ours is a very dynamic environment and as I always say, "there is NEVER a dull moment at the CSC.....filled with an abundance of 'joyful noise'!"
I have also had the pleasure of working with TECTA (Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance) over the past 20 years as a mentor, instructor, Advisory Board member, and student, myself, participating in pilot projects that have been later duplicated across our state. I have always considered myself very lucky in working not only with young children and their families, but mentoring and supporting University students and other child care providers extend their own knowledge about early childhood education. So at times, there have been 2-years old children tugging on one arm, while a college student or child care provider is tugging on the other!
When I am not working on behalf of young children, their families, and their caregivers, my 'vices' include knitting, piecin' quilts, going to the movies with my husband, gardening, music & dance, reading, and biking. My husband, Bob and my son, Bo, also graduated from ETSU. We are animal lovers with a home filled with tropical fish, an eel, a blue-tongued skink, named Sydney and three dogs, named Lucy, Chloe, and Amos!