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
As a young mother, I needed to care for my preschooler and this was when I discovered Montessori education. It was a time of great joy for my son and me as we discovered the philosophy of freedom based on intelligent choice, educating the whole child, and the logical consequences to our actions. Purposeful movement became our goal and has served us both well over the years. That was 1979. Many years later I continue to strive for the same.
After living and teaching in diverse places such as Charleston, SC; Boston, MA; Thailand; Prague, Czech Republic; and Costa Rica, I was ready to settle down and chose the Big Island as my home.
I love reading, gardening, travel and renovating my old plantation home.
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.
I was drawn to the Montessori philosophy and method of education because it encourages the child to develop their own sense of independence. Having lived in Waimea my whole life, I passed Hawai‘i Montessori School each day on my way to school at Waimea Elementary School. When it was time for my son to go to school I knew that I wanted to send him to the school in the big white house.
Once my son started I wanted to learn more about the Montessori Method so I applied for a position at the school and have been with HMS since October 2010. I graduated from Honoka‘a High School and have been attending Early Childhood Education classes to further my ECE background. I am working to obtain my Child Development Associate Certification (CDA).
It is always amazing to me to see how the children grow and develop. I enjoy being around the students and watch them as they come to understand or discover something new. Everyday is an adventure.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my son and my family.
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.