I was born in Northern New Jersey where I was raised with my two older sisters and my parents. We were surrounded by many extended family member whom we were with every weekend. My immediate family then moved to Southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia when I was 15 where I completed my high school education.
I knew from the time I was a teenager I wanted to be a psychologist so after high school, I attended Elon University (formerly Elon College) with a major in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. I then went to work for the State of New Jersey as a Behavior Modification Program Technician in the Woodbine Developmental Center, where I remained for six years. While I was there, I achieved my Masters in School Psychology from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro University).
I left the developmental center in order to pursue my doctorate at the University of Tennessee (they never changed their name) in school psychology in 1995. I received my doctorate in August of 1999 after completing my pre-doctoral internship with Devereux, Whitlock campus in Pennsylvania.
In 1999 I began working with the Devereux New Jersey Center for Autism where I was the lead psychologist, supervising behavior technicians in residential and educational settings. Although my job description did not change, I was given the title of Coordinator of Programming and Behavior Treatment and then Clinical Director in the 3 years in which I worked.
I was interested in getting back to direct work with students so I began working for the Sussex Consortium in 2002, and worked with that title until 2008. It was then that an opportunity arose for me to move back in to administration as a clinical administrator. I was in that role for only a few months when I became the Principal in 2009.
I moved to the Lewes area for the Sussex Consortium program and I stay because of the Sussex Consortium. I believe in the program model, I admire the staff dedication to the students, and I absolutely love working with such a great community of students and families.