Dear Parents~

Welcome to Room To Grow.  I’m so excited to see what adventures we take this year.  I have had the great pleasure of making new friends with many of the families here so far at Room To Grow, so I only find it fair that you all get to learn a little about me.

I’m 40 years old.  I was born in Missouri, and moved to the beautiful state of Alaska when I was five.  My younger sister, Jessica and I were raised by a single parent.  My mom is still the strongest person I know.  I graduated from North Pole High School in ‘97.  After high school I started taking classes at UAF. I have graduated from UAF with three degrees so far.  I received my Associate of Arts and my Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education in 2006, and I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education: Family Studies in 2011.  I do not have any children of my own, but I have adopted four spastic cats from the local animal shelter, Kitty, Shadow, Venus and Big Boy.  Those four have given me much entertainment over the past 11 years. 

I come from a loving family and I adore my 15 year old nephew Dusty Jordan (D.J.) and my 8 year old niece Aza.  For hobbies I not only spend time with family and friends, I also crochet, knit, do different types of arts and crafts, I workout, I'm a member and skater of the Fairbanks Rollergirls, and I train other girls how to skate and play roller derby for our league.  As for personal goals and interests for this year, I hope to work out more, read a couple of my favorite books, skate as much as I can, start a beautiful flower garden at my house, and keep myself busy. All in all, with everything that occurs during everyday life I hope that I have time to have some fun, and laugh as much as possible.

I have been with Room to Grow Preschool since 2003, when it was still known as Our Village Preschool. I started as a teachers aid and I quickly moved up to be a teacher and a lead teacher. In 2007 I took over as the Director of Room to Grow Preschool when we moved into our new facility. I've always taken care of the preschool, families, and staff as if it was my own and I can now proudly say I am the owner of Room to Grow Preschool. In 2014 I became co-owner and took over full ownership in 2018. I look forward to the future of Room to Grow and all it has to offer.

 As for my personal expectations as the owner and director at Room To Grow, I would like to go back to school and take a few classes at UAF to help better my education. I also plan on working closely with the staff and hope to do so with the parents as well. I plan on making Room to Grow the best possible preschool in Fairbanks, Alaska. With the friendliest staff who in turn want to have the best education possible in their job field. I plan on getting to know the students and families much better, and to find out what hopes or goals you all may have for your children. Please feel free to share any ideas, concerns, or goals with me.  I hope to be sharing the same with you.

Yours Truly,
Iris

“You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.”



My cat Shadow
My family
Fairbanks Rollergirls league photo
My cat Venus
My cat Big Boy