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.
I discovered Montessori similarly like others, through the search of something better for my own child. I am ever so grateful to have discovered a Montessori school (MN Renaissance) where I lived back in Minnesota. Char Cushman inspired and encouraged me to seek Montessori training. I was blessed to train at the Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs with Chulie Fernando, and Michael and Rose Dorer. I became enthused with the methodology and found my passion and purpose, in addition to my own personal education of subject matter that I had never fully embodied or appreciated while in the traditional education setting.