Susan started working at MECR in 1996 when her daughter was born. In those early years, visitors to the MECR office might find a baby asleep under her desk as she worked. As her family grew, so did her job at MECR as she evolved from the MECR Assistant to the MECR Financial Director. Susan often says that working with Montessorians for her entire career has been a beautiful blessing, as Montessorians tend to walk a path of kindness and perspective and purpose. While Susan has never taken training (she’s been a bit busy every summer for the last 23 years!), all 5 of her children have attended Montessori schools. She fully enjoys the connections she has made with the many students and instructors who have passed through MECR and loves to imagine the light they have passed on to the world in service to the child.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Bhudda –
Susan took this photo of the hands of her two sons on MLK day in 2014.
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After "retiring" in 2009, I became a Montessori consultant and had the opportunity to observe schools throughout the county, coach teachers and administrators, and offer workshops for faculties and parents. I enjoyed serving as the Language and Classroom Leadership instructor at MECR in the 1980's and relished the opportunity to return be an instructor of philosophy at three levels and classroom leadership in EC interns in 2012 after my two children were young adults.
Always a global Montessorian, I established Montessori programs in Tanzania and discovered how powerful a program is for children who have little enrichment in their lives. The Tanzanian children possess an even stronger desire to learn than American students but demonstrate the same human tendencies and characteristics Montessori described. I trained Tanzanian teachers and returned to my first love, getting down on the floor and presenting materials to children and nurturing their potential![/su_spoiler]
For the past 10 years, my role has evolved from teaching full time into other roles that have allowed me to broaden my impact. I am passionate about supporting new teachers, schools, parents and families. My degree in Psychology and Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, along with my Montessori training has laid a foundation that supports me in coaching and consulting with educators, parents, and schools. The beautiful Colorado mountains in Estes Park originally drew me from my home in Atlanta in 1995, but it is my passion for Montessori education, my loving family, and the opportunity to make an impact in my community that has made Denver my home.[/su_spoiler]