Catherine Broughton
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]I have over 38-years in teaching, including leading UK Art & Design Departments in public high schools. When I moved to Texas with my family in 1992, I found my spiritual home at our children’s Montessori school. The extremes of a demand for natural and organic perfection, set against the risk and freedom of pure play was inspiring, my work as an artist had inadvertently prepared me ontologically to be a Montessori teacher. Montessori bridges the gap between the reality of life and how to go beyond what is logical and sensible. In 2007, when I co-created Kingwood Montessori School, it was the answer to a dream.[/su_spoiler]

Mandi Franz
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]I attended a Montessori school from age 18 months through Upper Elementary.[/su_spoiler]

Betsy Hoke
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]A desire to work with young children who are eager to learn brought me to Montessori the year after college.. The more I learned about it, the more excited and passionate I became about the Montessori philosophy and its implementation. I taught for seven years in two Colorado Montessori early schools until,a job opened up at a Montessori schooling Evergreen. My day included leading a class and administrating. I continued in those roles as the school expanded to offer elementary and middle school programs. Because the school was blessed with outstanding teachers and supportive parents, it gradually added elementary and middle school.

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]

Katie Torres
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]Founded a school for my children. Fell in love. Been HOS of St. Vrain Community Montessori School in Longmont ever since. PK-8 Charter School.[/su_spoiler]

Tori Virlee
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]I have a bachelor's degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences. At the time I thought I would work with the Deaf and hard of hearing population. I accepted a job in a Montessori school as a sign language instructor. I immediately fell in love with the philosophy and approach and have been working in the Montessori world ever since! I went to training and received my early childhood credential. I have worked in the classroom as well as in administrative and student support roles. Now I enjoy sharing the philosophy and approach with adults on their own Montessori journey.[/su_spoiler]