Following attending one year at Oklahoma College for Women on a music scholarship, I transferred to Oklahoma City University. Upon achieving a bachelor’s degree from that university in Elementary Education, I went on to obtain my master of arts in teaching.
As part of the course work for my master’s degree, I was able to include my American Montessori Society training for primary-aged children. Having taught two years in the public school system, I was delighted to find New World School in Oklahoma City where I placed my daughter and worked for eight years. I taught at the primary and elementary level, and I served as curriculum director for the school.
My husband’s relocation with the Firestone Tire and Rubber prompted a move to Canton, Ohio, where I opened my first school, Small World Montessori. Another move brought the founding of a second school in Willoughby, Ohio, Willoughby Montessori Day School. I also taught classes at Kent State University on the Montessori Method and Materials.
While living in Flagstaff, my husband did the financial side, and I did teacher education and curriculum for three Montessori schools. They were Discovery Montessori, Sunnyside Montessori, and The Montessori School of Flagstaff, the ages served were 3 to 9.
I made frequent talks at N.A.U. and taught my own course on The Montessori Method and Materials. I also completed the Montessori Elementary Teacher’s Training at Amarillo, Texas, for ages six to twelve. In Phoenix, I found a new Montessori school opening up in my neighborhood and went to work as their first elementary teacher with children from six to twelve years old. Five years later, I located Mission Montessori Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have worked here for 13 years teaching first through sixth grade. I am state certified K to 12 with an SEI endorsement.
I attended the University of Phoenix in pursuit of my doctoral degree in education and graduated in 2012. I am married with two grown children and five grandchildren. The oldest works for Mission Montessori and wants to be a Montessori teacher like her grandmother. My book-writing husband, Ray, and I live in Sun City with our two schnauzers, Gunter and Max.
What is your favorite book? The Harry Potter series.
What type of food is your favorite? Popcorn
Who inspires you? Fellow teachers.
What is your favorite movie? Notting Hill
What is your favorite hobby? Reading
What is your favorite “quote?” What goes around, comes around.
Why do you teach montessori? My doctorate convinced me the educational world is recognizing Montessori