I began teaching in 1996 at the pre-K CASA level and, along with my students, moved up through the grade levels. I now take great joy in teaching the middle school level for the past 15 years. I’m grateful that no one wants to graduate me! Being a part of that mysterious unfoldment of each child is deeply rewarding. More than what children can ‘produce’, or ‘show’ us, I care deeply about each child’s inner experience and see that the environment we provide for children teaches them as much, if not more, than the actual lessons we teach. I love to explore the juncture where best practices in education meet with the inner being of each child. One of the greatest delights has been the opportunity to witness the development of my own son, who began Montessori at the age of 13 months and graduated from our middle school program. The curiosity, compassion and strength of character fostered at our school are serving him so well in university now. It is, additionally, an ongoing pleasure to provide support to the school community in the leadership and administrative capacity of Principal at Headwater Hills School.
Prince Edward Island is where I began my training as a CASA directress/teacher at Island Montessori Academy. I quickly became certified as a CASA Directress through the North American Montessori Center. When we moved to Ontario, I trained at the Toronto Montessori Institute and worked at a Montessori school in Brampton to become MACTE accredited. I was thrilled to be asked to join the team at Headwater Hills – the staff, the property, the children and their families work together as a wonderfully supportive Montessori community - I actually sing on my way to work.
Rocco has been a Montessori elementary teacher since 2009. He joined Headwater Hills Montessori School as our Elementary teacher in September 2017, bringing his four sons with him. Rocco is also our Phys. Ed. program coordinator. When not at the school, Rocco often finds himself helping out at the basketball games for one of his sons.
I never intended to be a teacher. My sights were on Physiotherapy. When my mother’s friend needed help in their boarding school for a term, it was an immediate conversion. I received my Teaching Certificate from Exeter University(UK) in 1964. A teaching practice observation in a one room schoolhouse, children age 5yrs -12 yrs was inspirational, totally different from my own educational experience, and set me on the Montessori path. A Southampton (UK) primary school was my first position. Leaping from there to Seattle, Washington, then we were whisked to San Diego, where conveniently a new Montessori school was built right next to us – a perfect fit for 2 sons and myself for 2 years.
Since 1993, Orangeville has provided my journey with Montessori meeting up and working with this amazing remarkable group of teachers in CASA, Elementary, and Middle School. My son asks why do I still teach? It is addictive. It is grist for the spirit to witness a child’s enthusiasm when he/she discovers, creates or achieves something themselves, and to do so in the company of such committed, engaging friends is invigorating. This also is a great place to keep my marbles!
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.” Maria Montessori