Elementary I


Michelle Baker Rogers
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]After having been an elementary educator in public schools in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, I was drawn to the Montessori strand in my last school in Carbondale, CO. Seeing the children work with materials in an independent fashion intrigued me and spoke deeply to both my mind and my heart. The spiritual transformation that occurs when becoming a Montessori guide has provided a renewed sense of purpose, allowing me to be a better educator, mother and human. The reverence for and the potential seen in each child continues to inspire me as a guide of both children and adults.[/su_spoiler]

Julia Boldrin
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]After spending years coaching and working with children, I felt that my fields and courts were really classrooms without walls. This discovery led to the pursuit of more educational knowledge in a new phase of my life. I began to learn about different teaching methodologies and felt drawn to Montessori education upon a school visit where I saw the philosophy in action. Being a person that does not "sit still" well, I was immediately impressed by the movement within the classroom and the ability of students to gain the experience that best suited them each day while still gaining life skills and academically strong learning. When I began to pursue Montessori certification, I most connected with the hands-on process lived through a greater purpose to serve the world. Within the Montessori philosophy, my way of being integrated into the way of teaching. While I personally strive to learn new things, experience life to the fullest and live with passion, I have been able to carry these true and authentic elements of myself into each classroom I. At MECR, I have been blessed to be able to share experiences and passions for movement with adult learners in their individual journeys towards Montessori certification.[/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]

Patrick Howard
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]My best friends raised Montessori kids - they started Compass in 1998.[/su_spoiler]

Heather Legendre
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]Studying educational approaches in college, a cross-country trip, and luck[/su_spoiler]

Betsy Lockhart
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]Like many, I found Montessori through my child. We placed our son in a Toddler environment when I needed to return to my work as a Geophysical Engineer. He flourished under the loving care of his Toddler teacher. I could scarcely believe what he was able to do for himself and was staggered by what he was learning. When he moved up to the Early Childhood classroom, my awe only grew for the Montessori Method and materials. When our son was 5, after the birth of our daughter, I left the engineering world behind and took the Montessori Training. I was in MECR's first Elementary-I cohort; there were 8 of us. After my internship year, knowing that I was destined to work with older children, I went to Silver Springs, MD to complete the requirements for an E I-II credential because there was no local E-II course at that time. I returned to teach in the E-II classroom at Montessori School of Evergreen and never looked back - I had found my Cosmic Task.[/su_spoiler]

Sarah Mohagen
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]After getting my k-6 teaching license, I felt unsettled. I wanted to find a way to reach all of my students at their various levels. Then I found Montessori education and I never looked back![/su_spoiler]

JEAN RASHKIN
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]I saw Standings book when I was pregnant with my daughter in 1978. When we got back to the states I started a home school in Midland Texas and got EC training through Dr Wentworth at Trinity Montessori. When we moved to Houston, I got E-1 training at The Houston Montessori Center and taught at Little Red Schoolhouse for 2 years. When we moved to Maryland I spent 8 wonderful years collaborating with Kathy Schwab at Paint Branch Montessori School (Paint Branch of the Potomac). When we moved to Colorado Springs I helped out in several schools in various capacities and then helped start Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy, where I was Curriculum Director, trained new teachers, and designed parent education nights, while teaching E-1, and a few E-2 students who stayed around. In 2008, I retired from the classroom and began my journey as Instructor of the E-1 Language Curriculum at MECR. I have revised the album every year for the last 9 years.[/su_spoiler]

Devon Warn
[su_spoiler title="I found Montessori..." open="no" style="default" icon="plus" anchor=""]Recently, I unearthed a collection of Rubbermaid tubs full of old memories. Inside one of these bins was my writing journal from second grade. Written on an aged piece of college-ruled spiral notebook was the passage, “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher … or a pop star.” While I can enjoy a portion of pop stardom on a Karaoke Tuesday, my career as a Montessori teacher has been one of the most impactful decisions of my life. For me, there is no better job than inspiring young minds. From the time I was seven years old, I dreamed of being a teacher. Following this dream has taken me to different continents and countries around the globe, working with children of all ages and backgrounds. From a quiet neighborhood tucked in the forest of Evergreen, Colorado, to a seaside town in Viña del Mar, Chile, to a hillside village in Sankhuwasabha, Nepal, to a lakeside city in Neûchatel, Switzerland, I am continually reminded that the Montessori Method is an exceptional way to illuminate and inspire young learners. Walk into any Montessori room around the globe, and the familiarities and commonalities will shine through: each Montessori environment shares the same heartbeat.[/su_spoiler]