Ms. Eckert was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to California in 2003. She has lived in the Bay Area for a majority of her life. She started working professionally with children in 2019 at a home based center in San Rafael. That is where she was inspired to dive deep into the early childhood field taking child development courses at the College of Marin and more recently Merritt College. She received her Associate Teacher certificate from Merritt College while simultaneously working at a play-based center in Oakland. Through her courses she was introduced to the Montessori philosophy which is why she gravitated towards GLM. She aspires to highlight and celebrate individuality in children.