Tell us about yourself.
I grew up playing in the fields and rivers of Ogden Valley, Utah. Building treehouses and snow forts with my younger brother were my favorite past times. I married my high school sweetheart and together we have three children. I have a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education along with a M.Ed. in Montessori Education.
My own children spent the majority of their schooling in the Montessori environment. I taught lower elementary, was the curriculum instructional specialist and assistant director at a large Charter Montessori school. Later I worked as an instructional coach in a Title I school in the inner-city, supporting provisional teachers and literacy improvement in a STEM magnet school.
What inspires you about education?
I believe that education is the most important profession for our world's people. Now, more than ever, educators hold an extraordinary responsibility to unfold generations of learners and support them in developing into productive members of our society.
How did you discover Montessori?
In my traditional teacher education program, I heard mention of Montessori's theories along with Piaget, Vygotsky and Maslow. Additionally, my field supervisor was a prior Montessori educator. Years later, a light shown down upon a small announcement in the local newspaper announcing the opening of a Montessori Charter school in my area. I was inspired by the elementary training program and eventually earned a M.Ed. in Montessori education with a focus on educational policy, classroom management and action research.
How does Montessori inspire your daily life?
The cosmic curriculum reminds me that we are each connected. I try to live with compassion and understanding for all creatures. "Do all things with Love," and, "Be the change you wish to see in the world," are my mission statements.
Do you have a favorite Montessori book or quote?
"Teach while teaching, not while correcting," is my favorite quote. It reminds me not to interfere before I have observed a situation. Then to be intentional about the intervention, planning for reteaching rather than "fixing."
What have you learned from your time working at Higher Ground thus far?
I keep pinching myself to check if I'm dreaming. To have found an organization of this size with the depth and commitment to Montessori is something I never could have imagined.
I chose to leave my position as an Instructional Coach in the local school district solely because of the mission of HGE and the folks I met during the interview process. Since then, the dedication, organization, collaboration, and communication has continued to inspire me and reinforce my decision to follow a path of inspiration and ambiguity rather than comfort and tradition.
What do you enjoy most about working with your teammates?
I enjoy the support I am offered and the thought partners I have access to. I like that even though they all work in different locations, we are sharing the same journey and working toward the same outcomes. I appreciate having others to rely on for their expertise and the respect I am offered for mine.
What are your passions, interests, and hobbies?
I love the outdoors: trail running, snowboarding, gardening, etc. Naps in the sun (or anywhere for that matter), dark chocolate, coffee and sushi. I love being with my family and making things beautiful. I love to travel but I am perfectly content being at home, too.