DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
assistants to infancy
portland, or & San Francisco, CA
> Joined MNW in 2006
> AMI Primary Diploma, 1978, MILA
> Special Ed diploma, 1987, MTTCNC
> AMI A to I Diploma, 2003, MSID
> 8 years A to I Course Assistant, MNW
> A to I Director of Training, MNW, since 2014.
I am the director of training for the Assistants to Infancy course.
What I like about MNW
The staff. Hands down, the folks that work at MNW.
I have two passions. I live for sailing. When I can’t be on the ocean, you’ll find me dancing. Although I do all ballroom, I particularly like West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango.
Words to live by
Live, Love, Laugh. I have a necklace that says that, and it almost never comes off.
First favorite car…it was 1969, and I got a 1968 Firebird. It was a burnt orange color, black interior, 350 engine, and I took it up to 120 mph once. The police officer was nice and only wrote it up as going 85 mph, so I wouldn’t lose my license.
Coast or mountains
The obvious answer would be “coast” – and sailing. But, at one point in my life I lived in the mountains. I love the smell of warm evergreens as much as I love the smell of the sea.
Fact or fiction
My hair is really straight: really, really stick straight.
Nancy Lechner has worked with young children since 1977, and holds AMI diplomas at the Assistant to Infancy, Primary, and Special Education levels. She has presented parent workshops and staff development in California, Oregon, Texas, Australia, and Europe and has been a guest speaker in the Early Childhood Education Program at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. She and her sister, Patricia Wallner, are co-founders of Parent and Child Together, an education-based service offering parent coaching, private consultations, workshops and staff development. Living in Soquel, California with her children Angela and Patrick, Nancy enjoys ballroom dancing, sailing, and gardening in her free time.