It was early 2012 and I faced a decision that would change my future forever.
I had dedicated my life to raising the bar of education so that ALL children could be inspired to accomplish amazing things in the world.
I earned a Master’s in Education from Stanford University, spent seven years in the classroom, traveled to Africa as a Fulbright Hays scholar and earned National Board Teaching Certification (the highest level of certification a United States’ teacher can receive).
Now I was halfway through my maternity leave and I was preparing to sign a contract to head back to school the following fall. Our oldest son was just three years old and our youngest was an adorable six months.
Spending my days teaching filled me with so much joy and excitement but the thought of leaving our two boys tore my heart. I couldn’t pick up the pen.
With a huge leap of faith (and a lot of love and encouragement from my family), I took a path I never expected. I launched Playdough to Plato!
Although I wouldn’t spend my days in the classroom anymore, I was eager to continue providing inspiring education to children. Playdough to Plato would help the next generation accomplish AMAZING things in the world!
And that is how we were born.
We believe that every child can achieve greatness and we are excited to help YOU make every teaching opportunity count.
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Meet Our Team
Malia // Founder
Malia is a National Board Certified teacher who inspires educators with playful approaches to early childhood education. She earned her Master’s from Stanford University and has taught in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Malia shares her motivating learning activities on her two popular teaching blogs Playdough to Plato and The STEM Laboratory.
You can contact Malia by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kimberleigh // Community Manager
Kimberleigh is the friendly face behind the scenes – responding to emails, chatting on our social media pages and helping with office to do lists. With a Bachelor of Arts and more than 10 years of professional nanny experience, she is deeply passionate about early learning and provides extensive first hand knowledge. You can reach her by email at email@example.com.
Alex // Contributing Writer
Alex is a Kindergarten teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, and Masters Degrees in Special Education and Curriculum Design. She shares classroom ideas and inspiration on her blog, The Kindergarten Connection.
Ashley P.// Contributing Writer
Emily // Contributing Writer
Emily is a first grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a mom of one handsome boy. Her passion for education has led her to create fun and engaging resources for young learners. She loves sharing creative ideas for the classroom in her TpT Store,
Creatively Teaching First.
Erica // Contributing Writer
Erica is a first grade teacher with a Master’s in Literacy. She loves to try new things, organize, and share fun learning activities on her blog, The Simplified Classroom.
Ha // Contributing Writer
Ha is an elementary school teacher at a STEM campus, mom of two, and founder of Happy Days in First Grade Teaching Resources.She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and more than a decade of teaching experience in the primary grades. She loves hands-on activities, creating a positive environment for her students, integrating technology into her lessons, and STEM!You can find more fun teaching ideas and interactive digital activities for the primary classroom on her blog, Happy Days in First Grade.
Heather is a kindergarten teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading. She loves sharing ideas for young learners on her blog, Recipe for Teaching.
Laura // Contributing Writer
Laura is a certified Visual Art Teacher who has been teaching Art for over 22 years. She loves incorporating art history, children’s literature and science in all of her lessons. She earned a Master’s degree in Art Education. Laura shares her love of creating art on her colorful and popular blog, Painted Paper Art.
Marine // Contributing Writer
Marine is currently a third grade teacher and instructional coach who also works with other classroom teachers through professional development and mentorship. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Educational Studies and her Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies. You can see more of Marine’s classroom and teaching ideas on her blog, Tales from a Very Busy Teacher.
Noirin // Contributing Writer
Noirin is a former preschool teacher turned stay at home mom who loves finding fresh, fun ways to help kids learn. Her family enjoys spending time in their tiny urban farm with their chickens, bunnies, and rows and rows of crops. For some fabulous science inspiration, check out Noirin’s Dancing Frankenworms and Fizzy Scented Bath Bombs.
Rachael // Contributing Writer
Rachael is a former first grade teacher turned stay at home mom of 3. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a passion for creating games and educational activities that help little ones develop a love of learning. To find more resources that are sure to keep your little learners engaged and excited about learning, check out Rachael’s blog, Literacy with the Littles.
Rosemary // Contributing Writer
Rosemary is an Australian Early Childhood Teacher and founder of Fairy Poppins Teaching Resources. She has a passion for play-based learning and creating printables for teachers and students that make learning fun.