My Story

I am what some people call a “Pittsburgh-lifer”. I was born in Pittsburgh in the same hospital both my parents were employed. I grew up surrounded by my extended Italian family just east of the city. The lore of the city took me to the University of Pittsburgh for both my undergraduate and Master’s degree in Education.  I met my husband Keith, also a Pittsburgher, a bit later in life and we had two amazing children who are now young adults pursuing their own paths of independence. Keith and I are currently adapting to having an empty nest north of the city with our Boston Terrier, Otto.

I am an avid reader and cannot choose a favorite book. I truly feel that I have “lived a thousand lives” through the many genres of my reading passion.

I thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors. In the winter I like to ski… what else is snow good for one might ask? In the warmer months I like to hike, bike, or swim.  I am also an amateur musician, playing the clarinet for the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band and piano for stress management and personal pleasure!

I spend a good part of my free time visiting with and supporting my aging parents and Aunts. They have given so much of themselves to my family and me. I feel blessed with the opportunity to return the love and support they now need.

My Career Story

I recently joined the System 1-2-3 team and am excited to support Early Childhood educators in meeting the individual needs of each child within their classroom setting. I come to System1-2-3 with the experience of a 30-year veteran in the field of special education and behavioral health. This experience has been grounded in my professional philosophy that all children can learn academically and socially with the individualized supports that meet their learning needs. Throughout my career, I have worked with and facilitated many teams of professionals and families that support the growth and development of children experiencing a variety of developmental and/or behavioral challenges. I am most passionate about the successful inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorders within their natural environments and early learning settings.