Montessori allows children to develop at their own pace. It acknowledges that we, as human beings, have an internal guide that keeps us on our own unique developmental course.
I hold a BA in History, a Montessori Primary Teacher’s Credential from American Montessori Society, and a Montessori Elementary Teacher’s Credential from Association Montessori Internationale.
I started teaching in London, Ontario in 1991 in the upper elementary grades. I came to Hawai'i in 1993 to teach at Hawai'i Montessori Schools and have taught in all of the different programs at the school since then.
Every day is an adventure. Moments of glory occur every time one of our students shows me how proud they are of their work, every time a student spontaneously gives hugs, and every time they happily take my hand. As I watch them grow, I am thankful to have had a chance to walk a small way with each of them in their journey through life.
I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and being with my daughter Emmaline.
Lead Teacher, Honu Primary Class
I have had the pleasure and privilege of being a Montessori teacher for over 25 years. I received my Montessori Primary credential through St. Nicholas Montessori International Centre in 1986. I love the beauty of the Montessori environment and the way it addresses the “whole child” and provides the opportunity for each child to grow and learn individually.
I am from Coronado, California and taught school in Coronado and San Diego for many years. I moved to the Big Island in 2006 and was lead teacher in the Honu Class in Kamuela for 2 years, and am thrilled to be back and to be at the Kona School. I love Hawaii and have made Hawaii my home. I have 3 grown children in San Diego, Australia and here in Hawaii as well as a brother and sister in law here on Big Island.
I have many interests and am still pursuing new ones! Yoga, hiking, swimming, biking, music, reading, cooking, sewing, and organic gardening are things I enjoy, along with spending time with my family and good friends I love the ideas of repurposing and reconstructing and being creative. I love nature and beauty and living a positive life that embraces a healthy lifestyle encouraging all to live their best life.
Assistant Teacher, Honu Primary Class
I moved to Hawaii with my family shortly after my sixth birthday. Two days later I was in a Montessori classroom, and stayed there for two years. I have always felt more at home learning at my own pace, and exploring my own interests, and believe Montessori engenders thoughtful interaction with the world around us.
I went on to attend and graduate from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with an English Literature BA and a Certificate of Educational Studies. I am now working on getting a Master's Degree and Montessori Training through Chaminade University.
My time with Montessori in a teaching capacity started over the summers of 2008 and 2009 where I was a member of the aftercare program. During this time my peers noticed how happy I was when talking about the wonderful things the children did and shared with me, and I realized that teaching was a career I could actually enjoy.
Each day at Montessori is a fresh experience for both the children and myself. There is nothing quite like the feeling I get each time a child runs up excited to show or tell me something. I think children should be encouraged to explore and look at the world in their own way, as they get more out of life when they are personally invested in their education..
Most of my free time is spent reading novels, watching and thinking critically about films, and being lazy at the beach. I love my job and live in Hawaii. Can’t ask for much more.
Lead Teacher, Toddler Class
I was born and raised in Waimea. I have my Associate’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Honolulu Community College.
I first heard about the Montessori philosophy from my sister - my nephew and niece went to Star of the Sea in Honolulu. I thought it was a really neat way of learning. After living in San Francisco, I moved back to Honolulu and got a job at Star of the Sea. I worked with two year olds and was there for four years.
In 2005, I moved backed home and worked at the Montessori Education Center of Hawaii. I have been working with children for 20 years at various preschools. But have found that I really enjoy the Montessori philosophy.
I like the fact that children are lealning at their own pace. I also like that children are learning to be independent. I enjoy seeing how a child's eyes light up and how excited they get when they have figured out how to do a puzzle that they couldn’t do before.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and watching movies.
Aloha, my name is Kelsey AuHoon. I was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, California. I moved from California to Kailua-Kona and then onto Waimea in 2003.
I completed High School in California in 1976. In 2008, I attended Hilo Community College and received by Child Development Credential (CDA). I have been working with young children since graduating from High School. I have worked with a variety of age groups ranging from Infant-Toddlers to Preschoolers.
On weekends or in my spare time I like to spend time with my 4 grandsons at the beach or at sports events.
What I believe is unique about myself is that I am one of a kind and there is no one like me! I love working with young children to see their happy faces and helping to grow.
I was born in Germany, and moved to the Big Island before Kindergarten. I grew up in Hilo and the Puna area and graduated from Waiakea High School a few decades ago. I went into the Coast Guard right after high school, and spent four years in Washington, D.C. After my enlistment was over, I became a truck driver and drove in 49 states and Canada. (I never went to Alaska). I moved back to the Big Island in 2005 and drove for a local trucking company until I injured my shoulder in 2008. I attended Hawaii Community College and earned an Associate's degree in Accounting in order to rejoin the workforce.
I am married and have three children at home. My wife is a Kindergarten teacher at Keonepoko Elementary School and my children are 4 1/2, 10, and 17; the oldest one a boy. We live in Orchidland, so my wife's commute is much shorter than mine.
I am happy and excited about working here, and cannot wait until I meet everyone personally.