As a certified mediator and educator, I feel privileged to help people take risks, navigate transitions and create change in their lives.
During the pandemic, I shifted the focus of my work to helping my community address the affordable housing crisis. I currently volunteer with the Housing Solutions Network, supporting two amazing leaders as they build out a network of volunteer-driven ideas and resources. I believe that the housing trust / community land trust model offers great promise in creating permanently affordable housing for folks working in our local economy. I am grateful that both the Olympic Housing Trust and Habitat for Humanity are working on expanding access to housing in our community using the trust model.
I partner with Sound Options Group to provide special education mediation to families and school districts across Washington State. I have mediated over 125 cases since 2012 and have over 400 hours of training in community, family, elder, and social justice mediation. I am a certified mediator through the Washington Mediation Association (WMA).
As a K-8 educator, I taught for 12 years in public and private schools. Most of my teaching was in grades 3-6 at Salmon Bay K-8, an alternative Seattle Public School, where I led inclusive, multi-age classrooms.
I have served as an elementary math specialist, a middle school reading specialist, and a "drop in and dance" founder and leader. I earned a Masters in Human Development and am dual certified: K-8 elementary education and K-12 special education.
Coaching and Consulting
I completed 90-hours with the Coach Training Institute in Vancouver and San Francisco and use my coaching skills when working with educators and mediation clients.
Prior to teaching, I was a writer, editor and project manager at a health and wellness communications company.
See my LinkedIn profile for a more comprehensive list of my professional experience.