I am a mother and humane educator living in northwestern New Jersey with my husband John, daughter Bess (5/2005), son Harry (5/2008) and various four-legged family members. We share four wooded acres with assorted deer, foxes, coyote, bears, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and creepy-crawlies, whom we enjoy watching and learning about.
I am currently completing my M.Ed. degree through a joint program with the Institute for Humane Education and Cambridge College. My concern for animal protection issues brought me to the program, but over the years I have become active in the areas of environmentalism, voluntary simplicity, the local food movement, and issues of economic justice. I have always believed that the key to building a more humane future was to teach children respect for themselves, other people, other species and the planet from the time they were very young, so that they would be ready to tackle difficult issues creatively and comprehensively as they grew older. Since becoming a mother, I have come to realize that in order for this to happen, we need to empower parents and give them the tools to examine their parenting and lifestyle choices and model compassionate, conscious living for their children.