|Delaware Montessori, LLC|
Early Childhood Education
Owner & Certified Montessori Teacher
Phone: (740) 362-6587
If you plan for one year,
If you plan for ten years,
plant a tree.
If you plan for a lifetime,
educate your child.
-- Chinese proverb
I am entering my eighteenth year as a Montessori teacher. I have a Bachelors in Business Administration from Northwood University (Midland, Michigan) and I received my Montessori Teacher Certification from the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center. For a teacher to become Montessori certified they must attend a year of classroom instruction and then intern for 1 year at a certified school (I interned in my hometown of Mentor, which is about 20 minutes east of Cleveland).
My career in teaching started over 17 years ago. When I was pursuing my education I had the opportunity to work in a traditional day care and preschool. It was at that time that I realized my desire to teach and the love of children. I also realized that young children needed more then was provided in these traditional settings. I also observed that a preschool child's educational needs varied and that all children develop at a different pace, however, the traditional curriculum didn't, and still doesn't, allow much room to address the individual needs of the child.
Because of my desire to provide an alternative to traditional preschool, I began researching the various methods of early childhood education. It was during this research that I discovered the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori and I quickly realized the positive effects of her teaching principals. Simply put; the Montessori method trains the teacher to be observant of a child's needs and provides the environment for your child's individual growth at his or her own pace.
For example, in a traditional preschool we were going over shapes and one young child seemed to know them all. For a while this helped the other children learn but the child who knew the shapes began to tire of the lesson because he knew all of the shapes. If this same scenario happened in a Montessori classroom, each child would be empowered to learn another lesson and grow at his or her own pace.
Dr. Montessori began her first school in Rome teaching 60 children in a house called "Casa dei Bambini" which is Italian for "Children's House." Most Montessori schools start out in homes or churches, and mine is no different. I have all of the traditional Montessori learning materials and I have remodeled the lower level of my home to provide over 500 square feet for a maximum class size of 6 children at one time. A low child/teacher ratio with all of the traditional Montessori materials will provide your child with a nurturing, educational and fun learning environment that will give them a head start on their education.
Any of my parents would love to talk to you about the positive effects my school has had on their child. References are available upon request.