About The Teacher
The Interesting Stuff
Education, children, and the education of children have always been my greatest interests. But my curiosities shifted from the education of adolescents to young children with the birth of our daughter in September 2012. My interest in early child development, and specifically Montessori education, was piqued. Like many new parents, I’ve been truly amazed at the knowledge our daughter has acquired in such a short amount of time. As I’ve watched her grow and develop, I’ve concluded that there is something inherent and natural about our kids’ desires to explore their environment. There isn’t much they don’t want to get their little hands into. And of course, this is exactly what children are meant to do. The eagerness with which they investigate, observe, discover and learn about the world around them is remarkable. This is what Dr. Maria Montessori refers to as the “absorbent mind.”
According to Montessori’s philosophy, the first six years of life are the most significant with regard to emotional, physical, and social development. Throughout these years there are discrete periods of heightened sensitivity in which children are able to learn and absorb knowledge at an accelerated pace. It’s our job as parents and educators to pay close attention to these promising moments, and to provide our kids with the guidance necessary to maximize opportunities for growth. For these reasons, the goals of the Montessori Escuela program are to simultaneously educate children, foster independence, build confidence, and–most importantly–develop a love for learning.
I believe that success in education can only be determined by the degree to which the child enjoys the experience. Children start their lives valuing learning as a process, not an outcome. For that reason, children can be our best teachers. We adults could learn a thing or two from the ways kids find joy and purpose in tackling the task at hand simply for the procedure itself, rather than seeking an end result. If we could follow our children’s lead, we might begin to live life according to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous credo: “Life is a journey. Not a destination.” As a teacher and observer, I gauge my successes by the expression on a child’s face. At the start of a project, there is often a look of uncertainty, pensiveness and extreme concentration. Then, little by little, as mistakes are self-corrected and the task moves toward completion, a grin creeps across their face, transforming into a bright smile by the end. However, all of this is possible only when we provide a safe, warm, and nurturing environment where the child is allowed to make a mistake one minute, fix it the next, and then relish their own sense of achievement. That’s what I aim to provide each child at Montessori Escuela.
The Important Stuff
I’ve been working in education for more than a decade and one thing’s for sure: I absolutely love children. Especially the little ones, who tend to have such positive energy and a zest for life. Way back when, I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Upon graduation I moved to Salamanca, Spain and completed the equivalent of a Masters Certification program in the Programa Especial Intergrado at the Universidad de Salamanca. I returned to the United States in 2003 and began teaching Spanish in the public schools of Medfield, Dover-Sherborn, and Dedham, successively.
While teaching, I completed a second Master’s Program in Education with a concentration in Spanish. I am legally certified to teach by the state of Massachusetts and currently maintain preliminary, initial, and professional licensure. I am also fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Additionally, I am trained and certified in CPR and First Aid. Most recently I’ve completed a Montessori Teacher Certification Program for Primary Early Childhood Education at The Montessori Institute New England, an affiliate of the American Montessori Society.
Montessori Escuela is a member of AMS (The American Montessori Society), NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and MSM (Montessori Schools of Massachusetts)