Ph.D Learning Sciences and Human Development

Academic Background & Research Interests

I’m interested in nature-centered play and learning in early childhood, especially issues of equity and justice in nature pedagogies.  I’m fascinated by the importance of supporting young children’s relationship-building in and with nature, and I’m focusing on learning about nature-centered learning as a space for anti-bias education and education for environmental justice.

Personal Background

I am the daughter of Chinese immigrants. I have a serious book-buying problem. I love hiking and other outdoor adventures, yoga, and sketching and painting!

What led you to pursue a Degree in Education?

I developed an interest in education initially in high school, where I recieved a lot of support, wisdom, and mentorship from ym teachers. In college, I began developing a deeper understanding of power, privilege, and positionality and how these issues shape educational experiences. I'm here to understand and learn how to challenge unjust systems and structures so that all children can feel valued, loved, and empowered in schools and in their communities.

Why did you choose the UW and College of Education?

I'm from St. Louis and went to college on the east coast, so I was ready to check out a new city and a new coast! I was also drawn to the emphasis on equity among UW CoE's faculty, and the energy and momentum around nature-centered learning that is emerging in Washington State.

What will you do to transform the world upon graduation?

I hope to support children, families, educators, and communities in building strong and culturally valued relationships with natural worlds. 

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