FROM THE CLASSROOM TABLE
TO YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE.
I spent the first 13 years of my professional career as a graphic designer and desktop publisher. Craving something more fulfilling, I returned to the idea of teaching, finding the Montessori method. The teacher who convinced me to take the AMI Training hinted, “with your graphic design background, you will be able to design great learning materials too.”
Over the next 13 years of classroom teaching, I discovered she was right. Today, I combine my experience from both worlds, with the goal to bring high quality and professional curriculum design to you.
Starting as an assistant, I’ve been in a classroom since 2006. Since then, I have accumulated 13+ years experience as a public school Montessori upper elementary guide (ages 8-12). Over those years, I have worked hard to build an inclusive learning environment, honoring and embracing diversity.
Montessori-based teaching empowers children to follow their own curiosity; to learn through exploration and self-interest. It places the child at the reigns of their own learning journey. Any child can be a ‘Montessori child,’ that is, capable of independent learning (freedom with responsibility) & self-direction.
Since many of our childhoods, the educational landscape has changed considerably. Today, standardized testing & Common Core Standards drive educational priorities in a new, unfamiliar direction.
Adding to this, 2020 ushered in unprecedented learning challenges. Dining room tables furnished with tablets and chromebooks were transformed into stay-at-home classrooms. In an instant, caregivers became distance learning teachers to their children.
Looking vastly different from our own educational experiences, it’s challenging to know what is truly helpful in aiding children on their learning journey. At the same time, independent learning and self direction has never felt more crucial. These skill sets can be elusive and nearly impossible to quantify.
Education & Credentials:
- A.M.I Elementary Certified, 2008
- MEd Elementary Education, 2009
- Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (Lifetime Educator License, Tier III)
- NCMPS Montessori Coaches Training – Winter 2021
- Rated Distinguished Teacher 10 years in a row
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