Jennifer Bourgeois (She/Her)

Primary 4 Co-Lead Guide
Hello Families!

I have been at Athena since 2020, and I am thrilled to begin another new year with you! I started my teaching career in the capital city of good ol' Louisiana at one of the oldest Montessori schools. I served as an Assistant for two years and quickly realized 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 Early Childhood 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 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 learners have come from and where they are heading. After 15 years of teaching, with 11 years being a Primary Lead 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!" 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." This quote embodies the value of holistic education. Movement, mindfulness, and emotional awareness are foundational for nurturing peaceful, inclusive, and empathetic human beings. It has been my experience that as children learn to navigate relationships with themselves, each other, and their environment through grace and courtesy, those hidden possibilities blossom. 

Outside the classroom, I enjoy practicing yoga, dancing, being in nature (especially floating in Barton Springs), and traveling when possible. As a Louisiana native, I look forward to sharing the joy of Carnival season with the Cardinals each year. I miss king cakes, costuming, and dancing 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!