Hi there, I'm Kayla.

Raised in Southern California, my life took an international turn when my family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. The experience was challenging but transformative, shaping my worldview and igniting a passion for diverse cultures and travel.

In my early 20s, between finishing my bachelor's degree, working as a nanny, and working at an elementary school, I traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, China, Germany, France, England, Egypt, Jordan and more.

In 2014, I moved to Amman, Jordan to volunteer with an NGO and several months later I started a nonprofit and several development projects among vulnerable refugee communities.

My husband and I fell in love working together in these community development projects and committed our lives to doing justice work together.

We were married in 2016 and burdened by the lack of education accessible to refugee children in the Middle East. So in 2018 we moved to Lebanon to start an education project in the Bekaa Valley with Cedars Network.

Hope Learning Center and House of Love are located in the middle of informal Syrian refugee camp settlements. They continue to serve over 350 Syrian children K-7th grade every year and partner with Lebanese and Syrian educators providing ongoing professional development.

We also had 2 children in the process!

Shocked by how durastically my life changed after the birth of my first child, I began learning about Montessori and respectful parenting.

In 2021 I took the AMI certificate course for ages 0-3 through Montessori for Lebanon, the AMI affiliate in Lebanon, and was inspired to partner with Montessori for Lebanon to make parenting resources and respectful education more accessible in the Middle East and around the world.

Raising children abroad has given me unique perspective and strong values.

With the world more connected than ever, it is important that our children have an appreciation for people who are different from them, a love for diverse cultures, and a respect for all of humanity.

It is necessary for our children to empathize with other perspectives while having the confidence to hold their values.

I'm grateful I can pass my knowledge and experience to you to help you parent with confidence and joy!

I want to inspire and encourage you with practical tools and resources to raise kind, capable children, giving them the vision and courage to make a difference in the world.

I can't wait to connect with you!

Trainings and Certifications

  • Association Montessori Internationale 0-3 Certificate
  • The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs course from University of Toranto
  • Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives course from University of Minnesota
  • Healing Arts Toolkit Facilitator Certificate from First Aid Arts
  • Pastoral Support Certificate from Rock Church San Diego to provide lay counseling services

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