Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Education: BA in English from Furman University, AMI Primary Diploma from The Montessori Institute of Atlanta, AMI Elementary Diploma from The Washington Montessori Institute, Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland, with a research focus on Montessori and dementia.
How did you learn about Montessori?
Schooling and degrees are important in my family—both my parents hold doctorates—but the education I received from my childhood experiences and from being a mom is most important to me. Raising two very different children of my own informs how I guide and communicate with parents and students each day.
In the late 60’s, my parents researched many educational methods and chose Montessori. They liked the respect and responsibility given to children and appreciated how students are encouraged to be creative problem solvers and independent learners. My brother and I attended Montessori school through Upper Elementary. My son did the same, and my daughter graduated from Arbor Montessori School’s Adolescent Program in 2017.
What are three things you couldn’t live without?
My family, nature, and my camera. If I could add one more, it would be music.
Fun fact: I grew up in a two-story brick schoolhouse, built in 1921, with a cupola and no heating or air-conditioning! I also worked at my parents’ sandwich shop.
What are your hobbies?
As a little girl, in addition to horseback riding and caring for two goats, a dog, and a couple of cats, I read books about growing vegetables and planted my own garden. As an adult, I enjoy gardening, hiking, eating international foods, and being a marching band mom. Today, one of my greatest pleasures as a teacher is taking photos of students working in Montessori classes, as I empathize with the joy they feel and I know they will make the world an even better place. I would not trade my Montessori years for anything.