It was early 2012 and I faced a decision that would change my future forever.
I was halfway through my maternity leave and was getting ready 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!
I was eager to help teachers save time, grow confidence and take their teaching to the next level.
And that is how Playdough to Plato was born!
It’s grown from one website to FOUR and has become a trusted resource for teachers around the globe.
We’re thrilled you’re here!
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Meet Our Team
Malia // Founder
Malia is the founder and owner of Playdough to Plato who loves helping teachers like you save time, build confidence, and take your teaching to the next level.
When she’s not working, you can find her standing on the soccer field sidelines next to her husband, Jesse, cheering on their three kids.
Kimberleigh // Community Manager
Kimberleigh is our amazing community manager… and one of my favorite people on the planet!
She’s responsible for packing our emails and social media feeds with activities that save you planning time and help you take your teaching to the next level.
Kimberleigh lives in North Dakota with her rescued animals and spends her free time tracking horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park or curled up with a good book.
Ashley P. // Happiness Ambassador
And a large part of accomplishing that goal is chatting with you through email.
That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to Ashley – the friendly voice behind many of our customer service messages.
Ashley’s a California native who spent 8 years teaching before making the transition to being a stay at home mom with her two boys.
Audrey // Engagement Director
Speaking of connecting, we always want to stay engaged with all of our social media followers.
Enter Audrey! She loves chatting with our community on Instagram and Facebook.
In addition to her online life, Audrey enjoys living in Washington State with her husband and two kids and staying active in her podcast, book and hiking clubs.