For 20 years, Cici has been involved in education with the firm belief that investing in our children is the most effective way of solving our societal problems. Cici’s first year as a teacher was here in St. Louis at the St. Michael School in 1998. There she was central to “The Scent Project” that was published in the book Bringing Learning to Life, by Louise Cadwell. The project was also presented at multiple education conferences across the country. In 1999, Cici was recruited by Make-A-Mess and Make-Believe School, in Boulder, Colorado to act as a curriculum development consultant and art director.
In 2001, after earning a Master’s in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in early childhood from the University of Colorado at Denver, Cici founded the Boulder Family School. The preschool serviced children ranging in age from one to five, providing a developmentally appropriate, educational setting with low ratios and experienced degreed educators. In 2004, the Boulder Family School received a four star rating from the Qualistar rating program.
Cici continued to direct and teach at the Boulder Family School until 2007, when she sold her school and returned to St. Louis to take care of a family member. During this time she remained active in the field of education. Cici volunteered at multiple St. Louis area schools to assist in urban farming.
Cici strongly believes in the City of St. Louis and is committed to improving education in Missouri. She purchased a home in the Shaw neighborhood in the fall of 2013 and has witnessed the power a great school can have to transform a neighborhood. She started on CEAM’s outreach team knocking on doors and making phone calls in May of 2013 and feels privileged to now be a part of the CEAM Team helping children get into better schools and helping parents have their voices heard by education decision-makers.