I am thrilled to begin my first year at Athena Montessori Academy! I began my teaching career in the capital city of good old Louisiana at one of the oldest Montessori schools. I served as an assistant for two years but realized after my first that I was meant to complete my training to become a lead teacher. I had the pleasure of traveling to and staying in Houston, Texas, while I studied with the Houston Montessori Center to receive my 3-6 certification. Throughout my career as a Montessorian, my curious nature lead me to teach in some capacity in toddler, primary, lower, and upper elementary environments. My time there enlivened and supported my passion for early childhood learning. For me, this is where the magic happens, and I do my best work! These enriching experiences gave me the unique ability to understand where my primary students have come from and where they are heading. After 12 years of teaching, with eight years being a lead primary guide, I am still passionate about the work and look forward to seeing those smiling faces and bright eyes each day! I share in the children’s joy when discovering new skills. I love hearing the children say, “I did it all by myself,” when a task is mastered. I continue to be humbled each time the children remind me in little ways that they are my biggest teachers.
Maria Montessori says, “The child is endowed with unknown powers, which can guide us to a radiant future. If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities.” To me, this quote embodies the value of holistic education. I believe movement, mindfulness, and body awareness are foundational tools for nurturing peaceful, tolerant, and empathetic human beings. It has been my experience that as the children learn to navigate relationships with themselves, each other, and their environment through grace & courtesy and yoga practices, those hidden possibilities blossom.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy practicing yoga, being in nature, loving on my dog, and traveling solo or with my partner when I have the chance. I am passionate about sharing yoga with children, pregnant and new parents, and am studying to be a Doula. As a Louisiana native, I look forward to Mardi Gras each year, mostly because I get to dance in the parades with a fun-loving, supportive group of women!
I look forward to learning and growing with you and your children this year!