I discovered Montessori at the beginning of my career in when a substitute job in Bozeman, Montana turned into a full-time teaching position in a Montessori school. I spent the next 4 years teaching upper elementary, and a year and a half completing my elementary Montessori teacher training. The opportunity to grow and learn so much in a Montessori environment as a beginning teacher shaped my view of both instruction and learning throughout my career.
With the intent to pass my knowledge and love of Montessori on to others, I returned home to Virginia for graduate school. Graduate school led to the need to have public school experience in order to teach other teachers. Teaching middle school math and social studies for 3 years led to education advocacy work at the policy level, working for organizations such as ASCD and serving as a Professional Development Specialist for DCPS. All the while, I viewed my work in education through a Montessori lens: following the child, individualized learning, and encouraging a love of learning in others.
I found my way back to Montessori in 2012, teaching in a lower elementary, public Montessori classroom at John Hanson Montessori School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. I was the happiest I had been in my career thus far.
I’ve been in the Montessori classroom since, teaching lower elementary for two years at John Hansen, both lower and upper elementary Montessori at the Barrie School, and two years in upper elementary here at Carroll Creek Montessori. I trained teachers in Montessori Language Arts at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies for 3 summers and worked as a field consultant for Montessori teachers in training for 5 years.
I am thrilled to work with students, teachers, and parents this year as the Montessori Specialist at Carroll Creek. I am grateful to be part of such a crucial endeavor to build the school’s and each individual child’s incredible potential.
B.S. History and Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia
Montessori 6-12 Certification, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies