About Me

Biography

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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.

Resume

Education

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

CU Recycling and CU Environmental Center recycling outreach    09/2006 – 05/2009

 

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

 

Publications

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.