I was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, but I have been living in Scottsdale, Arizona since the age of two. I grew up spending most of my time in a dance studio, performing on stage or in our living room, and dreaming of becoming a Broadway star. Ironically, my debut on stage was at the age of four in my pink tutu dancing to the song “Will I Be a Star?” After 15 years of dancing, singing, and theater training, I attended the University of Arizona.
While attending college, my dreams had shifted from being a star, to making them. I realized I wanted to teach young children, and earned my elementary education degree. I moved to California and received my first teaching job at a Performing Arts Elementary School. I taught third and sixth grade for five years, while developing a drama program for the children at the school. I started with 25 children in 1997, and when I left in 2002, there were 250 children in our after-school program!
When I moved back to Scottsdale, I decided to create more opportunities for the children in our valley to be involved with arts….through Art and Sol Performing Arts Program. My dream is to give children the opportunity to shine on stage, foster better self-esteem, and build confidence in the performing arts. Why “Art and Sol“? We have a lot of heart, and definitely a lot of soul…to put into learning all about the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun!