Referring to her classroom setting for the young child as a ‘prepared environment’, Dr. Montessori emphasized the importance of the beauty and order of the physical surroundings in assisting normal development. The ordered availability of these various materials is essential. Dr. Montessori called her materials ‘didactic’ or ‘teaching’ materials, since she wanted to emphasize that the materials themselves were designed to do the teaching. The teacher acts as a guide to the use of the materials in the environment, rather than a giver of facts. The teacher’s function in the classroom hinges on the ability to observe the children accurately.
I was a Montessori preschooler myself! I was born and raised in South Minneapolis. While I earned my Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I completed a year of student teaching at a public Montessori school in St. Paul. Teaching that year deepened my passion and belief in the Montessori philosophy. Following graduation, I gained valuable teaching experience in two different private Montessori schools in the Twin Cities before starting my second Masters degree in Montessori Education at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
My educational and classroom experiences have continued to solidify and intensify my belief in the Montessori philosophy. I believe that children are truly special and I feel honored everyday to be a guide for them in the Montessori classroom. I have felt for a long time that this is my calling and duty to teach in the Montessori environment, to realize the needs of each child by observing them and preparing the environment for them appropriately. A child who is allowed to create his or herself in a way they feel is appropriate and peaceful, gives them the freedom to learn effectively in the classroom and better prepares them for the world around them.
I first fell in love with the Montessori method as a child. I was lucky to attend a Montessori school almost though 6th grade. While in lower elementary my mom trained to become an Montessori teacher. I was hooked. I have a degree in English Literature and Speech Communication from St. Catherine’s University. I went on to be certified in Montessori Early Childhood . I sent both my children to Hopkins Montessori School and began working here in 2013. I love being part of this amazing community. I also teach Godly Play at my church, a Montessori based Sunday school program. Working with 3-6 year olds brings me so much joy. I learn from the children each and everyday.
My name is Ms Kim. My husband and I have two boys. I have been an Assistant Montessori Teacher at Hopkins Montessori School since 2014. Before that, my two boys attended Hopkins Montessori School, during which time I volunteered. I love the Montessori philosophy and enjoy witnessing its wonderful impact on the children. It is a joy getting to know each and every child! I love family time at our cabin where we swim, have campfires, kayak, boat, fish and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of nature. When my husband and I aren’t busy driving our boys around, we enjoy movies and the latest must-watch series and cuddling with our dog.
I began my first year of teaching at Hopkins Montessori School in the fall of 2017. I first discovered Montessori when I was a new mother navigating how to best nurture my child as a whole being. I found inspiration in reading books Maria Montessori authored; and her philosophies deeply resonated with me, forever changing the way I view children! It soon became a passion that I chose as a career path. I plan to pursue a Montessori training course this year to learn deeper into the education method.
Meanwhile, I am in the process of a degree in early childhood education. My three-year-old daughter also recently began her preschool “career” at HMS in the 2018 school year! From a parent’s perspective, I have seen her able to exist in her most authentic nature at school, and growing leaps and bounds before my eyes. It is such a warm community where children from all walks of life are accepted as they are, and are given the tools to discover themselves. My favorite part about being a guide at our school is watching a child’s glowing spirit when are peacefully engaged in a work. It’s very special to be invited into a child’s joyful world and witnessing the thrill of their discoveries!