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Lower Elementary Teacher

I am passionate about children feeling successful academically, socially, and emotionally. I believe that the Montessori philosophy and teaching is a useful tool for each of these aspects. Creating a room that invites each child to explore, question, and create is something that I find necessary for each student to become a lifelong learner. I have a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. I am a mom to four kids, a daughter, and three boys. I was a stay at home mom for 13 years, and when I walked onto a Montessori campus, I knew it was an education I would want for my children. I saw it as a place that young learners could move, cultivate independence, and that through the observation process, the teacher could guide and follow each child to where they are, and spark their continuing growth. I began working as an Assistant Teacher and quickly began the process of my training. I now have my Montessori certification in Lower and Upper Elementary.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, SUPing, and anything that has to do with being outside. I love introducing my children to museums of any kind, taking them on road trips, and venturing to outdoor concerts. I have hopes of becoming a master at gardening, cooking, and rock climbing. We lived in North Carolina for 10 years which embedded in me a love of good barbeque and bluegrass music.

Email: jestrada@mwmacademy.org