I am an early childhood educator at Homestar Child Development Center, as well as a founding member of the Boulder Community Housing Association (BoCHA) and a regular volunteer for Boulder Food Rescue (BFR) and Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN).
Through BoCHA, I have been working to create housing solutions for Boulder for the past two and a half years. I was a member of the City of Boulder’s housing working group Creating Diverse Housing Choices, which collectively brainstormed housing options for Boulder neighborhoods.
As a college student at the University of Colorado, I worked for the recycling promotions and outreach team at the Environmental Center, was the lead intern for CoPIRG’s Climate Commitment Campaign, and volunteered with New Era Colorado to engage youth in politics. I did all this on top of graduating with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
After interviewing with wind energy companies and realizing that many engineers are not passionate about reducing negative human impact on the environment, I began to understand that passionate work needs to be supported by passionate people. I decided to pursue work outside of engineering.
Some of my experience includes farming throughout the country, building an Earthship in Montana, working at an animal refuge in Bolivia, and helping St Julien Hotel recognize ways to reduce and recycle its waste. In 2011 I discovered my passion for working with children and began teaching at Homestar. I was there for a year, while also volunteering for Intercambio de Comunidades, teaching English to a group of Spanish-speaking women, before traveling throughout the U.S., Middle East and Europe.
When I got back to Boulder I worked for Homestar again, but was devastated to find the school destroyed by 6 feet of water during the flood of 2013. I became a substitute at other preschools while Homestar was being repaired, while also focusing my attention on running Boulder Free School, a platform for anyone who is passionate about anything to teach anyone who wants to learn. In May 2014, I resumed ny position at Homestar’s temporary facility, and was ecstatic to move back to the South Boulder location two months later. I have been there ever since, and have earned my early childhood teacher certification from Front Range Community College while working.
I am passionate about social justice issues. After my 2012 travels I moved into a co-op house that works on social justice issues collectively. My experiences at the co-op house as well as through SPAN’s 44-hour training provided me with the recognition that my values are based off of social justice. Search this site to learn more about my opinion, and what using a social justice framework means to me and to the issues for which I stand.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering University of Colorado May 2009
Environmental Engineering certificate, University of Colorado May 2009
Early Childhood Teaching License, Front Range Community College May 2015
Boulder Community Experience
Boulder Food Rescue weekly volunteer 04/2013 – Present
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence children’s volunteer 06/2015 – Present
Boulder Community Housing Association co-founder 11/2013 – Present
Boulder Free School founder, teacher and student 04/2013-04/2014
Intercambio de Comunidades English teacher 07/2011-02/2012
New Era Colorado volunteer 10/2007 – 05/2009
Beyond Organics Farm volunteer May 2009
Colorado Public Interest Research Group, Campus Climate Challenge intern 08/2006 – 05/2007
Boulder Work Experience
Homestar Child Development Center lead teacher 04/2011 – Present
New Era Colorado call center 10/2013 – 11/2013
Rainbow Preschool substitute teacher 12/2013 – 05/2014
Snow Lion School substitute teacher 11/2013 – 02/2014
St Julien Hotel & Spa zero waste specialist 05/2010 – 10/2010
Social Justice Trainings, Community Discussions and Actions
Boulder Coalition and Alliance on Race discussion July 2015
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence volunteer training June 2015
Forward Food Summit 2015 conference April 2015
Fossil Free CU Camp Out for Divestment action April 2015
Denver Freedom Riders training March 2015
Forward Food Summit 2014 conference April 2014
Credo No on KXL Action Training training April 2013
Boulder Community Memberships
Community Cycles 05/2012 – Present
Boulder Community Housing Association 11/2013 – Present
Creating Diverse Housing Choices working group member 09-2014 – 06/2015
The Second Kitchen 04/2012 – 06/2014
Dear Boulder musical album August 2015
Give Empathy a Try Daily Camera May 2015
This Makes Boulder Special Daily Camera March 2015
Educate the Police about Bike Laws Daily Camera January 2015
Lift Occupancy Limits to Connect Neighbors Daily Camera March 2014
This website is supported by Cha Cha for Boulder Council.