Teaching at MVPNS since 2001, Marie delights in helping children make discoveries about themselves, friendships and the natural world. She encourages children to ask questions and explore possible answers while building both academic and social skills. Marie’s heartfelt enthusiasm is contagious, and her endless supply of creative curriculum ideas ensures an exceptionally rich learning environment. Marie’s book of educational activities based on the MVPNS curriculum won the Learning Magazine 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award. She presents workshops based on the book, Thinking BIG, Learning BIG: Connecting Science, Math, Literacy and Language in Early Childhood at national, state and local conferences. Prior to teaching, Marie worked as a freelance journalist, writing articles on child development, parenting and education for national magazines such as Parents, Child, Parenting, and Family Fun. Marie has a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, and Early Childhood Education units from Foothill College. Children and parents in her classes enjoy thinking, learning, laughing and loving BIG.