Jennifer Bourgeois (She/Her)

Primary 6 Lead Guide
Hello Families!

I am thrilled to begin my third year at Athena Montessori Academy! I started 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 I was meant to complete my training to become a lead guide. I enjoyed 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 led 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/Primary learning. For me, this is where the magic happens and where I do my best work! These enriching experiences with the younger and older age groups gave me the unique ability to understand where my Primary learners have come from and where they are heading. After 14 years of teaching, with ten years as 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 child's joy when discovering new skills. I love hearing the child say, "I did it all by myself," when mastery is reached. I continue to be humbled each time the child reminds me 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, inclusive, 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 and courtesy, 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 child this year!

Jennifer Bourgeois
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