Roseanne joined us last year through an unexpected but very fortuitous referral. She has been a wonderful, gentle, kind and steady addition to our team – always present and professional, supportive and flexible, with a sense of humor that never fails to brighten my day. She is truly worth her weight in gold.
What or who inspired/encouraged you to work with young children?
I wanted to start a new chapter in my life, and decided it should be about what I love, so I chose to go back to school so I could work with children on a professional basis. I love to inspire and encourage children in their self development and aspire to keep learning and investigating.
If money was no object, what would your dream life look like?
I would have time for my family and friends, time to pursue further education, and time to make a difference in my community. My family would be able to pursue their dreams and the fulfillment of their individual and unique potential.
What is the best part of the day?
I do best in the mornings. My favorite part of the day is morning play and the spontaneous conversations with the children, one on one or in a small group. I enjoy reading with children, and love having them tell me their stories.
The part of the day that tugs my heart is when a child’s day is too long, they are ready to be done and still have more time ahead. I always look for the quiet corner where I can invite them to join me in quiet, reflective and gentle connection. I also dread trying to convince kids to quit playing to come to the “potty party” before rest!
Why The Room To Grow?
Since day one I always believed in play and the freedom to ask questions, the freedom to explore and be messy while doing that crucial work. As a child, these were limited opportunities for me, so when I was expecting my daughter, I read how to work with your child to give them respect, freedom and the opportunity to be messy and authentic in discovering their world. RTG’s philosophy of learning and becoming a part of the community and a responsible citizen resonates for me.
What gets you up and out on those cold, dark mornings?
I believe in having a purpose in life and I believe in what I am doing.
What are some of your favorite books, kid and adult?
Kid — Raggedy Anne (my first book), Nancy Drew, Little Women and Cherry Ames.
Adult — Louise Penney, Cara Black, historical books and many more … really, I read all kinds of things!
One thing you’d like to have on a deserted island?
Only one?! I would want someone I loved, water, paper and a pen.
What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, gardening, entertaining, home design and playing with my granddaughter!
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Reading a good book all afternoon and enjoying some red wine and cheese along with it.