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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 she was
3 years old. Hanne was taught Montessori up until 4th grade. She has helped her mom Annette with the
school since it has been open. She graduated Gig Harbor high school in 2013. She spends most of her time
sailing as she is training for the 2020 Olympics in the Laser Radial. She enjoys baking, being in the sun and
playing with her family dog, Bailey.
I discovered my love for working with young children in 1993 when I was volunteering in my daughter's head start class.
With little experience I was hired at an in home childcare center and after some time there I was hired as an assistant at a local preschool.
In that first year I moved up to the head teacher position. After 6 years there I knew for sure I had found my calling.
I then went on to Kaplan University and earned my degree in early childhood education.
I am now on my 2nd year at Montessori Farmhouse School and although it was a challenge adapting to the Montessori methods, I have grown to love it. It is such a joy to watch the children grow, learn and thrive, while finding their independence and building friendships. I find myself learning and growing as an individual right along with them, and you couldn't find a more beautiful place to do it.