Williamsburg Montessori School
What thrills me the most about Montessori is that it provides a path to reaching character – a way to cultivate not only a student or a teacher, but a soul-filled human being. The best part about being a Montessori guide is the privilege of helping students in their irresistible quest to discover their potential – a journey from discovery to exploration to invention. My platform for this work happens to be my specialty in language arts and history.
My Montessori career began first as a parent. I watched our little school grow beyond its original Children’s House level to add an elementary program. But our community wanted to support adolescents. And so I agreed to become Montessori certified and open a secondary program. This fabulous adventure has culminated in what is today a thriving Middle School in the heart of Williamsburg, Virginia, where we can enjoy the rich history lessons offered by Colonial Williamsburg and the many water opportunities that allow us to implement a unique aquaculture program, à la Erdkinder.
Over the years, I have worked with students of all ages in a variety of subjects, with my recent focus on language arts, history, and economics. My work in the Humanities has centered on the Socratic method of discussion, a key takeaway from my Montessori training and a philosophy that I find essential to feeding the curiosity of the young adults I guide. I have discovered it also supports a Montessori model in my classroom.
In addition to working with young adults, I enjoy working as a guide to full-blown adult learners as they take the amazing journey to become Montessori-certified at the secondary level. What a joy to see their wonderful discoveries and inquiry-based innovation.
In my pre-teaching career, I ran my own marketing business, starting out first as a writer/editor. Therefore, both my undergraduate degree in business and communications and subsequent master’s degree in education from Xavier University have come in handy!
I live in Williamsburg, Virginia on a farm with my husband and children and a fun variety of animals who fulfill a huge role in mini-Montessori Erdkinder experiences for children in the community.