International School Inclusion Consultant
From small town to
As a child, my daily life was filled with the sounds of jazz and classical music, as both my parents were music teachers. This love of music and early exposure to different cultures continued to shape me as I grew up.
In the 3rd grade, I began volunteering in a classroom for students with multiple physical disabilities, which opened my eyes to the unique challenges and strengths of individuals with diverse backgrounds and abilities. This experience instilled in me a deep appreciation for diversity and a desire to help and support individuals from diverse backgrounds and with different abilities, which set me on a professional path starting in 1994.
At the age of 24, my husband and I embarked on our first international experience, living in Paris. This experience ignited our passion for living abroad and exposed us to new cultures and ways of life.
Years later, we moved our family of three to Switzerland, where we have been raising our Third Culture Kid, someone who has grown up experiencing multiple cultures and identities. Although the journey has not always been easy, it has been extremely enriching and rewarding, broadening our perspectives and deepening our appreciation for different cultures and ways of life.
With 20 years of teaching experience, I recognize the difficulties faced by the neurodivergent and disabled in a rigid school system.
Driven to address inclusion issues, I am dedicated to improving international schools for all students.
A bit about my journey
As a US citizen residing in Switzerland since 2013, I bring over 20 years of teaching experience in three different countries to my work. I have taught general education and have extensive experience working with K-12 students with additional learning needs, such as Autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.
Throughout my career, I have observed a persistent challenge in effectively communicating students' needs among families and school staff, especially when students change schools or progress to higher grades. However, I believe these issues can be resolved through proper preparation and support.
With my knowledge and experience, I strive to establish strong relationships with families and schools to address individual needs and concerns.
- Masters Degree - Exceptional Education emphasis on marginalized populations, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
- Bachelor's Degree - Double major Elementary Education Special, Education Minor in World Religions, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA
- I serve on the International and European boards of SENIA and work to bring the message of inclusive education to international schools.