My name is Georgene Cunningham. I am so excited to be a part of Mission Montessori. This will be my 2nd year at Mission and my 21st year of teaching as a Montessori teacher. I am AMI and AMS certified for ages 3-9. I hold a BA in Sociology. I also earned my AEPA (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments) in Elementary Education. I look forward to getting to know each of you as we create a partnership to make these years together memorable.
On a personal note, after living in Montana and various parts of California, I made the move to Phoenix in 1995. It was the same year that one of my many cousins worked as the director of a Montessori school and insisted I had to enroll my girls. I enrolled them and they attended until 11:30. My youngest was 1 1/2 and my oldest was 3 1/2. Once enrolled, I didn’t know what to do with myself, as I had been a stay at home mom, so I decided to volunteer. My first year in a Montessori school was so profound I decided to begin training the year after. My Montessori ‘life’ began in 1995. My oldest daughter continued in a Montessori school through 8th grade. My youngest stayed through 6th grade. I believe both of my girls are strong and confident young ladies because of their Montessori foundation. 20 years later, I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I have grown and learned so much over the years and continue to do so to this day. Every day I hope I make a difference and that is what I strive for.
My 2 beautiful daughters are now grown. My husband and I have been empty-nesters for the past several years. I have finally begun to adjust. My oldest daughter graduated last May with a BA in Business, minor in Communications. She will be getting married in November 2015. We are very happy and excited for her. My youngest daughter is entering the nursing program through ASU and aspires to be a Pediatric nurse.
Watching children work toward their unlimited potential is such a joy. One example comes to mind to best explain this…Every year my first years have come into the class and respond to my cursive writing with “Oh, I can’t read that” to which I respond “Ok. Well let’s just try.” As I move my finger under each letter, saying nothing as the child gives the sounds, we reach the end of the word and I hear “Wow! I just read cursive.” Those are the moments I strive for and feel so grateful to witness and be a part of.
Favorite book: One More Day by Mitch Albom
Favorite type of food: Greek/Mediterranean
Who inspires you: My children inspire me.
Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting
Favorite Quote: You can never cross the ocean unless,
you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~Christopher Columbus
“I teach Montessori because I whole-heartedly believe in the philosophy of a Montessori education and way of life. Being a witness to the unfolding of unlimited potential in children is a gift. Helping children realize they can do more than they ever believed possible is something that inspires me on a daily basis. I could not imagine doing anything more worthwhile and rewarding than being a Montessori teacher.”