Mrs. Rice grew up in Richmond, VA, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. After a summer long mission trip, she realized her passion for young children and their families. She believes the field of early childhood education chose her, as such, she continued with her education in early childhood and school administration.
Mrs. Rice brings over twelve years of early childhood experience to our school, she has been both a teacher and an administrator. Most recently she has been the school director for LeafSpring School where she implemented new STEM curricula, mentored teachers, and brought the school through accreditation with NAEYC.
She feels that it is her obligation to share her love for children and her passion for creating innovative and compassionate thinkers with the world. She jokes that she is just a little girl who wants to change the world!
What she enjoys most is growing people. She believes everyone has everything they need inside of them to be their best selves and that it is our job as educators and parents to help them to tap into that potential consistently and most especially when things seem difficult.
Mrs. Rice is a mother to three young children and she loves having her youngest child here at The Gratitude Garden. Her impressive and well-rounded history in early childhood education brings leadership and vision to The Gratitude Garden.