I attended Framingham High School in Framingham, MA. During high school, I volunteered at the daycare center located within the high school building. I have always been passionate about working with young children, but the ability for the high school to provide me with hands-on experience at a young age confirmed my passion for this field. After high school, I attended Fitchburg State University for one year to study Early Childhood Education and then transferred to Lesley University where I received my Bachelor’s degree for Leadership in Early Childhood Education. In addition, I also studied for and received my Master’s degree from Lesley in Early Childhood Education, and acquired my teaching license in Massachusetts. At Fitchburg State University, I built the foundation of my interest in this field, while at Lesley, I enrolled in practicums and internships in schools, teaching 1st grade and Kindergarten, and then in my Senior year, I worked in an Early Childhood center. Again, hands-on experience was vital in enabling me to grow and develop my interest in Early Childhood Education. I also was fortunate to have mentors that were pioneers in Early Childhood Education and were very passionate about the field.