I'm Alex, a Transitional Kindergarten teacher and the creator of The Kindergarten Connection.

Hey there!

I am so glad you are here and landed upon this corner of the internet.

I’m Alex, a Transitional Kindergarten teacher and the creator of The Kindergarten Connection.

From the time I went to Kindergarten myself (see me there below?!) I knew teaching was in my bones.

Teaching “runs in my family,” but it was also evident in how I lined up my stuffed animals for their daily lessons. I would like to think my classroom management has improved a little since then, though. πŸ˜‰

Here is side-by-side of me in Kindergarten and as a Transitional Kindergarten teacher.

My teaching journey started in a 1st grade classroom. I have also taught 2nd grade, a multiage class of 1st-3rd graders combined, Kindergarten, and then finally, Transitional Kindergarten, which is what I currently call home.

Most of my years have been with students ages 4-7, and the creation of The Kindergarten Connection came from my desire to not only provide for my own students, but to connect and collaborate with people just like you – other early childhood educators who know that you can’t go it alone (or it’s better with friends, anyway). πŸ™‚

Professionally, I am an early childhood educator and advocate for developmentally appropriate education. I hold a B.A. in Elementary Education, a M.S. in Special Education, and a M.S in Curriculum and Design.

As a Transitional Kindergarten teacher, I drink lots and lots of coffee.

Personally, I am always running out the door like my pants are on fire even if I have been “ready to go” for hours, honestly don’t mind the song “Baby Shark,” and drink more coffee than is probably recommended.

I live with my husband, Justin, in Washington State (which means there are about 97 Starbucks in a one mile radius to fuel my coffee addiction). πŸ˜‰

When I am not in my classroom, you may find me just like this, drinking coffee in a messy bun by my computer – with quite possibly my favorite mug ever as a Friends fan.

When I am not in my Transitional Kindergarten classroom, you may find me just like this, drinking coffee in a messy bun by my computer.

The Kindergarten Connection exists in the world to spark joy in early childhood educators, and to help both teachers and students reach their highest potential.

At the core of The Kindergarten Connection is the concept of β€œPlayful Learning.” Classrooms that incorporate playful learning foster environments that create engagement through choice and student independence while meeting or exceeding standards. We are passionate about helping teachers achieve these types of playful classrooms where both they and their students thrive.  

I believe that we are your go-to resource for collaboration and support, and it is my goal, teacher to teacher, to be here for you.

So, pull up a chair and share a virtual cup of coffee with me – stay awhile!

You can find all you need to get started in our community here.

Happy Teaching!

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