Becca Himes (She/Her)

Primary 1 Assistant Guide
Hello families!
My name is Becca Himes and I am so excited to be joining Athena. Childcare and teaching have always been a passion of mine, from babysitting, being a summer camp counselor, to volunteering as a teacher’s helper at my ballet studio in my hometown in California. 
I first learned about Montessori when I was studying film in Chicago. One of my best friends was raised by a Montessori teacher, and I always admired his focus and ambition to learn and work. 
I later shifted my focus to study Early Childhood Education at the Chicago City College, where I learned more about the Montessori method and loved it. I am so inspired by the respect, encouragement, and nourishment Montessori brings to each child. I started working as an Assistant Guide at Guidepost Montessori in Lincoln Park in the Young Toddler classroom, where I was able to observe the method in action and learn how to implement it myself. 
After a year at Guidepost, I decided to make the big move from Chicago to Austin. As soon as I found Athena, I knew I wanted to be a part of the team! I am so inspired by everyone’s passion and dedication - it is so clear that the staff here loves what they do, and puts great care into every day.
Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music, watching films, spending time with friends, and exploring the beautiful city. I love hiking and being out in nature, and, when it’s safe, traveling to new exciting places. 
I am so excited to be working with the wonderful staff at Athena, and to be learning and growing my skills in the process.