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 // Contributing Writer
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.
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.
Jen // Contributing Writer
Jennifer is a former elementary school teacher and homeschool mom of 3. She earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement and GATE Certification from Utah State University. She loves to share learning activities that incorporate holiday and seasonal fun with math and ELA on her blog, Pages Of Grace.
Jennifer // Contributing Writer
Jennifer is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher turned stay (*work*) at home mom of three. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She loves being able to continue her passion for making learning resources and sharing teaching ideas for the littlest of learners on her blog, A Dab of Glue Will Do.
Kate // Contributing Writer
Kate is a former fashion designer turned semi-reluctant stay at home mom. She loves using her design background to help instill a lifelong love for literacy and learning in her sons. Follow along with Kate over on her website, Homebound but Hopeful.
Liz // Contributing Writer
Liz is an Australian mom and early childhood teacher who has taught in Australia, Malaysia and China. She has a Master’s degree in early education and loves to share ideas and printables at Liz’s Early Learning Spot.
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.
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.