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Lower Elementary Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with Montessori Concentration (Endicott College)

  • Marketing Degree (Nicolet College, Rhinelander Wisconsin)

  • Montessori Certified – Early Childhood 3-6 years (Montessori Institute of America)

  • Montessori Certified – Lower Elementary 6-9 years (Montessori Institute of America)

  • Montessori Certified– Lower Elementary Ages 6-9 (American Montessori Society)

  • Began teaching experience in a Montessori environment in 2000.

  • Member of the American Montessori Society

     I am originally from northern Wisconsin and moved to The Woodlands in 1998. I discovered Montessori education in 2000, when my daughter Andrea joined a Montessori school at four years old. I began volunteering, making materials and coordinating parent volunteers. When my son Aaron joined the following year at age three, I became very involved and assisted in the Lower Elementary classroom. Coming from a business/marketing background, I never considered teaching as a career path. The Montessori method and philosophy greatly intrigued me. I realized immediately that this was in fact what I was supposed to be doing with my life.

     I love working with 6 – 9 year old children. It is a wonder and a real pleasure to see them grow and mature during this particular period of their lives. They approach first grade wide-eyed, uncertain and in some cases, very needy. Amazingly, by the time they leave third grade they have grown into very independent and confident students.

     I've seen many of these students grow through high school Montessori programs, including my own children. Andrea graduated high school in 2014 and went on to graduate from Baylor University with a degree in journalism. Aaron graduated in high school in 2016 and is now a junior at Texas State University. I have also enjoyed several wonderful visits from former students. I think that once students have been a part of this community, they know they always welcomed back home. I cannot imagine doing anything else and I consider it a true blessing to have made an impact on young lives.