In the spring of 2020, Tiffany was a public school lead teacher based in Eugene, Oregon, and that summer decided to open Mind-Full Meadows STEAM-Powered Learning Farm. Combining her personal interests in native edible and medicinal plants, farm animals, and STEAM education, Tiffany took an idea and developed a multifaceted program incorporating all of what she believed were essential elements of a well-rounded child-centered education:
Her history in public education spanning over two decades, and with classroom teaching experiences ranging from kindergarten through 9th grade, Tiffany's breadth and depth of experience prepared her to take on the adventure of leading a tiny farm school through a pandemic. During her public school career, Tiffany served as an educational leader in many capacities, both at the middle school and elementary school levels, collaborating with experts in academic, behavioral and technical instruction. For over a decade Tiffany has focused her work as lead teacher, Behavior Teacher Leader, PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Team Leader, IPBS Team facilitator, grant writer, STEAM program developer, and occasional guest principal at a small, teacher-lead, multi-age public choice school with a school-wide Title 1 program.
Tiffany completed her interdisciplinary Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, with a focus on Integrated Sciences and with support areas in Geography and Music. After teaching for ten years, working in regular ed. classrooms, with students considered academically and behaviorally at-risk, and in grades K-9, she completed an Masters in Education program from Lesley University, titled Integrated Teaching Through the Arts.
During this time, she helped both of her children start the process of navigating public school, and learned about elementary learning and social growth through the lens of a parent. Professionally, Tiffany has participated in a wide variety of leadership teams, including serving as a Multicultural Representative, Health and ELA Textbook Adoption committee member, Jon Saphier's Skillful Teacher and Skillful Leader observation cohort, serving on the Learning about Educational Learning Network, and as a PBIS representative and trainer.
Tiffany undertook the Initial Administrative Licensure Program at the University of Oregon, and now has both her Legacy Teaching License and her Principal License. She integrates these varied skill sets and lenses in her work at Mind-Full Education, as well as when she facilitates discussions community and district levels and in her work with The Oregon Department of Education in refining assessments and analyzing instructional technology.
All of these experiences provide Tiffany with a broad background in both multi-age outdoor education and a spectrum of varied educational systems and strategies. She strives to integrate, develop, and implement new instructional and behavioral content, and to develop data-driven academic resilience, rigorous personal accountability, and a depth of thoughtful compassion she brings to all aspects of her work.
Tiffany is motivated to continue developing tools and strategies for educators, parents, and students alike focused on supporting student's academic and social-emotional development through relationship building and compassionate routines. When she's not up to her elbows in children and chickens, she is available for both online and personal consultation.