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I knew from a very early age that I was going to be involved with the education of young children. At 18-years-old, I became an Au Pair for a Count and Countess at Lindenberg Castle in Denmark. I took care of their three children for a year and then returned to the U.S. to start my studies in child development.
I received my B.A. from San Francisco State University and started working as an assistant in a Montessori school in the Upper Elementary 9-12 age class; I found them to be very intelligent and challenging. The following year, I tested my interests with the Lower Elementary 6-9 age students; their socializing and emotions ran high. Later on, an opening in the Primary 2-6 age class became available and there I had found my niche. I stayed as an assistant for many years until one day I realized that “I could do this,” and become a Directress (as they were called in those days).
Pursuing my teaching niche, I attended the college of Notre Dame, California, then received my American Montessori Society (AMS) certificate and taught for eight years until my son was born. My daughter, born two years later continued my “Montessori in the Home program” until our family settled here in Washington. I returned to the Montessori Primary classroom teaching for five years, realizing again that, “I can do this” and opened my own Montessori School in the year 2005.
Opening the Montessori Farmhouse School has been my lifelong dream - creating an environment where nature plays a key role in the education of young children. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part in a child’s life, and to provide children with the skills to become independent learners, growing up so they can make a difference in their world.
I was born in Walnut Creek CA. and moved to Gig Harbor when I was 3 years old. I was taught Montessori up until 4th grade. I have helped my mom Annette with the school since it has been open. I graduated Gig Harbor high school in 2013. I spends most of my time sailing as I have trained for the 2020 Olympics in the Laser Radial. I enjoy baking, being in the sun and playing with my cat, Kali
Growing up in Mason County, I loved my first school, a small community of two classrooms, set in a country house. I remember fondly feeling at peace with my friends and teachers, and developing a love of learning. Growing up, I took to the arts-- Dance, visual art and creative writing. I went from highschool to art school, distributing poetry and selling my paintings in art shows and galleries from an early age. In my twenties, while playing in a band and printing poetry zines, I began working with children and found that I enjoyed my days best if I spent them with children ages 2-6. Children have a natural honesty and curiosity, which is contagious and inspiring to me.
I worked childcare at the YMCA in Eugene, Oregon, and then stumbled upon Montessori when an assistant position became vacant in Seattle in 2008. From the time of my first observation in that classroom where I began working, I knew that Montessori was going to be integral in my life story. The teacher I worked with encouraged me to go do my Montessori training while I was excited about it. In 2009, I began studying at the Maria Montessori Education Foundation in Auckland, New Zealand, and in 2011 I earned my Association Montessori International Primary Diploma. Since then I have helped lead classrooms in New Zealand, New Mexico and Washington. From 2014-2019 I had my own class at Three Tree Montessori in Burien, WA, before taking a break from Montessori to have my own child. In this time I started my own business, creating and selling plant medicines, and supporting birthing people as a doula and breastfeeding counselor.
When my daughter turned 3, and was ready to enroll in Montessori, I was excited to join the community at the Montessori Farmhouse School, where I can share my love of the natural world with children, while my daughter has an authentic Montessori experience.
I bring my connection with nature into the classroom, value diversity and inclusion in my work. I continue to learn from the children each day, and think of Montessori as education for life, for children and adults alike. I believe that through education, our world may see peace.
I grew up in Gig Harbor Washington and first started working with kids to help teach them self-defense. After working in such a crazy environment, the Montessori classroom environment was a welcomed change. I enjoy the role that nature and self-led discovery have in the Montessori teaching style. Helping children develop skills for later success is always a fun challenge, and one I look forward to with each new school day. I enjoy playing with my cats, playing the drums, and reading in my free time.
I grew up in Monrovia, Ca where I spent the first part of my life. I love to be in nature and surrounded by its beauty. I am also an avid lover of children and animals. During my spare time I love spending time with my daughters, cats and family. I am very excited to be a part of the Montessori Farmhouse family and can’t wait for all the new adventures I will be able to share with everyone.