As a primary Montessori teacher, my role is to design and prepare a dynamic classroom environment filled with materials that foster the natural learning potential of children ages 3 to 5. Each child is born with endless natural gifts and it is my goal to continually support the development of these gifts through collaborative learning.
I graduated from Longwood University in 2005, where I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology. In 2009, I left a career in sales to fulfill my dream of becoming a Montessori teacher. I began working as an intern teacher in 2009, and completed my Montessori training at the Institute of Montessori Studies in 2010. I continued on to complete my Masters in Early Childhood Education at Trinity Washington University in 2014. I spent 7 years as a primary Montessori teacher at The Brooksfield School here in McLean, Virginia, and have been a part of the Discovery family since 2016. As always, I look forward to helping new learners foster independence as they begin their educational journey.
Having grown up in Northern Virginia, I am blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful circle of family and friends. My husband and I are so excited to have welcomed our first child in March! Watching him grow and change every day has been the greatest blessing.As a family, we often fill our weekends with time spent at our favorite restaurants, museums, and parks with our dog, Geno. I love to cook, and am always looking for new recipes to try in the kitchen. Winter is my favorite season, and I believe there is nothing more soothing to the soul than reading a great book in front of a fire.
I choose the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. A pair of mallards search the city of Boston, looking for the perfect place to raise their coming family. They settle on a small island in a lagoon in Boston’s Public Garden, and shortly thereafter 8 little ducklings hatch! The little ducklings – Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack – along with their mother, have an adventure through the city streets of Boston before returning to the safety of their garden. This story is a classic in my classroom for many reasons, such as McCloskey’s use of one-sentence pages, which cause the reader to turn quickly thus enhancing the sense of motion in the story. My favorite part of the story however, is the rhyming and repetition of the duckling’s names. Rhyming and repetition are important building blocks to reading, and having the children be a part of the story time process by repeating the names out loud enhances their literary understanding.