Tell us about yourself.
My name is Elizabeth Salata, and I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband and two children. We are a very active family and love to travel, be involved in sports and art, and really enjoy reading.
What inspires you about education?
I consider myself a life-long learner. My quest for personal growth and education fuels me to inspire others. I enjoy education because you can see transformations taking place in all stages of education.
How did you discover Montessori?
I discovered Montessori when I was hopelessly searching my local library. My husband and I had just recently become foster parents and I was craving any literature that would help me prepare the right environment and help raise independent children. I stumbled upon "The Montessori Method," read it cover to cover and applied as many principles from the pedagogy as I could in our home life. It was a very happy coincidence that years later, after we adopted our children, that I would find a position I love that helps mainstream Montessori.
How does Montessori inspire your daily life?
Maria Montessori was not only forward thinking but also believed in the best in each child. I personally approach my life with the hope of being forward thinking, having a growth mindset, and also believing that if you inspire the child, you will see new levels of autonomy form in them.
Do you have a favorite Montessori book or quote?
"The Montessori Method."
What have you learned from your time working at Higher Ground thus far?
That genuine feedback and candor is one of the best ways to show respect to a colleague.
What do you enjoy most about working with your teammates?
I have a lot of pride for our organization and for the School Success team. We bring out the best in one another and truly care about each other.
It is a true privilege to do the work we do and help support school leaders and their growth and we keep each other empowered to foster that creativity and our forward-thinking goals.
What are your passions, interests, and hobbies?
I am passionate about my children and their interests. As a young mom, it has been such a joy to experience hobbies, sports, games, and crafts through my children.
I also deeply enjoy reading, mostly historical fiction or fantasy, but I also really enjoy general political or historical non-fiction reads, memoirs, and leadership books.
I am passionate about my work journey and look forward to my future at Higher Ground and within the Montessori community.