Through teaching both primary and elementary aged children I have learned what educational foundations are important for a child's future. In addition, I believe that learning should be an enjoyable and fun experience. It is my goal to help each child reach his or her full potential by creating a classroom environment that is warm, exciting, filled with new learning experiences and encourages independence. “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say…The children are now working as if I did not exist,” (Maria Montessori).
Throughout my years working with children the most important knowledge I have acquired is how responsive children are when treated with respect. Children treated with respect are easily taught to respect the classroom, their work and peers. By creating a respectful, caring and safe classroom environment children are able to focus their energy to reach their highest potential. Through reaching this academic potential the child also gains self-awareness, self-esteem and a sense of independence.
As the kindergarten reading teacher, it is my goal to create an environment where students discover the joy of becoming independent readers while mastering the foundational skills necessary for future reading success. As a traditionally trained teacher, with a K-12 teaching certificate from the University of Washington, I appreciate and embrace the Montessori philosophy. Each week, I work with students, individually and/or in small groups. This allows me to carefully monitor their progress, individualize their instruction and adapt the curriculum to meet their particular learning style. Over the course of the year I use a variety of public school materials, such as Accelerated Reader and the Houghton-Mifflin Reading Program. This weekly instruction in reading is meant to supplement the Montessori language curriculum used in our classroom, giving our students the “best of both worlds!”
"The ancient saying, "There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in some way in the senses", and senses being explorers of the world, opens the way to knowledge."