My Montessori journey began with my own four children. As toddlers, I taught my children Montessori in the home and each of them attended Montessori public and private schools to the elementary level. Now that they are grown, I see the grounding influence that their Montessori experience has given to their love of learning, and to their independence and passion for others, their community and world.
Learning about the Montessori philosophy led me as a parent educator to pursue a career as a Montessori teacher so that I could contribute to other children’s development and educational experience. Knowing that my calling was to teach toddlers in their important formative years, I began as a Montessori toddler assistant to Paige Gottesman as we started the first Montessori toddler program in Center City Philadelphia at Green Town Montessori Schoool, a very exciting venture! As the program grew quickly, I continued to work as an assistant and then as the All-Day Montessori head teacher. I felt privileged to be the comfort and support that these “all day” toddlers needed in their own environment and strived to create a stable and secure “home away from home” place for them.
In 2006, I attended the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and received my Montessori Infant/Toddler AMS Certification. The following year, I became a lead teacher as we expanded the toddler program and continued in that role until Paige and I started Our House Montessori in 2010.
It has been an amazing experience co-teaching at Our House Montessori alongside of Paige in our Bella Vista home for the past seven years, and I am in awe of our new opportunity to expand and continue bringing a Montessori experience and parenting support to the families of Philadelphia in our new home.
I currently live in South Philadelphia with my husband, Joe, who shares my love of education, and our children, Blaise, Eden, Moira and Asher.
With a background in the visual arts, I am very passionate about giving toddlers a sensorial and hands-on experience in all media of art, incorporated into an authentic Montessori environment specially created for their growth in independence and the formation of their creative self. My experience with my own children and the toddlers I have had the pleasure of guiding has made me appreciate each child’s individual path to becoming the person they are and has made me grow as a person too many ways to measure. I am thrilled to be instrumental in bringing Montessori to the families and children of Philadelphia.