I have been working at MSR since 1999. I graduated from the Washington Montessori Institute in 1997. I was captivated by Montessori education because of its specific focus on respecting the natural tendencies of the child and providing a nourishing balance of guidance and freedom. Children are given security, but not controlled.
In 1987, I graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree. Then, I spent several years living in New York City, where I worked at a foreign language translation company and completed graduate courses in counseling psychology at Columbia University. After that, I relocated to Washington, D.C. to begin my Montessori training at the Washington Montessori Institute. After graduating, I worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Montessori classroom for a year. Then, I taught at a bilingual (Spanish-English) charter school until my husband Michael and I moved to Rochester in 1999. I began working at MSR that fall.
In December of 2006, my daughter was born. During her first 2 ½ years, I worked part-time at MSR as the Head of Pedagogy. In the fall of the 2009, I returned to the classroom and my daughter entered the Toddler program. I am happy to be beginning another year here; MSR has come to feel like a second home to me.
My interests include math, foreign languages, knitting and crocheting, psychology and cooking.
As a Montessori alumni, I am thrilled to be assisting in the classroom where my education all began!
My journey started in southern Illinois, sent me down to Oklahoma, before landing in Oregon; where I learned, loved, and lived through nature, from the mountains to the coast.
My work life started with swim lessons and daycares before expanding to water aerobics and caregiving for some of the most wonderful older adults.
My college years started with the intent of becoming a teacher; however between a dissatisfaction with the public school system and a strong interest in developmental psychology, my attention was pulled to the later years of the lifespan. One thing led to another before I earned my bachelors degree in gerontology!
And so now my post college life has given me the opportunity to work as a wellness coordinator and a personal trainer for a large retirement community, before recently moving here to Rochester and rediscovering my love for children.
What I’ve found so far, is that I love people. I am fulfilled by providing love and assistance to our less supported generations, both old & young.
Outside of work, lately, I’ve been exploring New York, volunteering for Flower City Pickers, cooking, crafting, & thrift shopping.
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I am excited to join the Montessori School of Rochester as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Children’s House. After having my first brief experience working in a Montessori center in Michigan several years ago, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work in another Montessori classroom.
As an educator, I am passionate about a hands-on, discovery based approach to learning. I hold a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Arts Education both from Boston University. After graduating, I spent a year teaching art in northern New Hampshire. I am also spent several years as an Aquatics Director for a private swim lesson company in Boston. Most recently, I have finished my sixth summer working at a residential summer camp in Maine, where I oversaw the arts activities. Now that I have settled in Rochester, I am happy to be a part of the Montessori School of Rochester.
Outside of the classroom, I love swimming, quilting, and baking. I am enjoying getting to know the Rochester area.
Bio coming soon!