Virginia Van Auken, Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
Growing up, Virginia attended Maharishi School, and spent her time riding, caring for, and learning with her young horse, Mocha. Her love for helping people and animals in meaningful ways, being active outdoors in all weather, and simple fun runs deep.
Virginia brings a well-versed background working with children as a licensed Speech Therapist for the past 13 years in local and surrounding school districts and in her own private practice. She holds an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa, and a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Earlham College in Indiana.
Although not wearing the speech therapist hat now as much as before, with all three of her children attending Singing Cedars, Virginia also wanted to be at the school using her knowledge, skills, and creativity in both familiar and new ways to help support children in the new Early Childhood class!
In her personal time, Virginia especially enjoys outdoor physical activities such as gravel biking, running, nature walks near water, and Crossfit. She loves seasonal crafts and handmade decoration, small DIY and organizational projects, tracking “quotable quotes" from overheard dialogue (especially funny ones), word games, nature art, food art, music, photo and video documentation of life's simple joys and adventures, and writing.