I chose Montessori because the first time I walked into a Montessori classroom and was given a tour and introduction to the educational philosophy, I immediately wanted to know more! After college I knew I didn't want to teach in a traditional style school, I came upon Montessori and have never looked back.
The lessons I most enjoy giving in class are grace and courtesy. They are given daily and are essential to the cohesiveness of our classroom community. Our children will not thrive in an environment without respect for others, self-expression, confidence and the ability to solve conflict peacefully.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would go to Cinque Terre, Italy.
I chose Montessori because I liked the freedom it offered for my child. I was drawn to the prepared environment. I love the order and didactic materials. It makes sense!
The lessons I most enjoy giving in class are numerous. I love when I give a lesson and the children seem to, as if by magic, come up with an instantaneous plan for some great work they will do to follow-up. I love it when they tell me it was the best lesson they’ve ever had. I have gone through stages of loving one lesson or another, probably depending on the level of my confidence. I love the geometry lessons and the tie to history and etymology. I wish I could tell you that just one lesson is my favorite, but truly so many are so much fun to give.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would go to the Mediterranean. I am interested in the cultures, art, architecture, food and geography of the region.
My husband and I decided Montessori was the best educational choice for our children. Of greatest importance to us was how it honors the whole child, emphasis is not on results of continuous high stakes testing or grades. Although there is academic rigor, the importance of social-emotional development and wellness are not neglected. Additionally, children gain a life long love of learning by participating in project-based, authentic learning experiences. As a teacher for many years in traditional schools, I have seen the difference first hand. I feel extremely fortunate to be working at Mountain View Montessori and to be a part of something I believe in.
I enjoy seeing the students light up during hands-on science lab work.
If I could go anywhere in the world I would relax on a serene tropical island.