Montessori teacher educator
“Having previously taught in various other ‘systems,’ I always felt that there was something more in education, something that I was missing. I originally took the Montessori Early Childhood program out of curiosity and because I had a 1-year-old daughter.
“It was the famous ‘aha’ moment. There truly was something else out there that spoke to me as a parent and as a teacher, and that something also spoke to children and their amazing potential.”
Katherine taught 3-to-5-year-olds in a Montessori classroom for 5 years before going on to earn credentials to teach children through age 12. In 1984, she also became a teacher educator. Today she helps prepare Montessori teachers for Early Childhood, Elementary I, and Elementary II level classrooms.
“Teaching as part of a teacher education program seemed the natural next step in order to share the joy and spread the word. Each group or class I teach becomes a reaffirmation of what I believe and hold in my heart.”
Katherine has traveled throughout East and West Africa to compare the educational systems that developed in former French and British colonies. Her first experiences teaching adults came when she was a line officer with the U. S. Navy. She taught at the Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, FL, and also as part of a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) unit and on the history staff at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She especially enjoyed serving as liaison officer for the first group of NROTC women midshipmen during their summer “cruise.”
“What I’ve learned from my students (whether 5 or 50) is that you truly never stop learning. How wonderful that is!”
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