I am quite delighted to be welcomed into the charm of Camas Montessori School. I have known Donna and of this school for many years. I feel quite lucky!
As a native New Englander, I was raised on the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire. When quite a young woman, I left my roots behind for the adventure of exploring America in a little VW Bug. Stunned by the beauty, and full of ideals, I soon chose to settle on the Pacific coast, in the lush rain forest by the Salmon River in Oregon. It seemed the perfect place for our young family.
Just before my daughter turned two, I was inspired by the ways I witnessed at a small Montessori school on the coast. The following year I commuted weekly to the then young, AMI Montessori Teacher Training Center (now MNW) in Portland with my daughter in tow. I was determined to learn these fascinating ways of meeting children’s desire to learn, guiding them with respect for their spirit, and to learn how to use the most beautiful and interesting teaching materials I had seen. I received my AMI Primary (3-6 year olds) Certification in the 1985 course. Ten years later, I trained in a three summer AMI course at the Elementary (6-12 year olds) level. In the following years I taught in public and private school settings, in large and small intimate schools, including in a converted barn in a valley in Neskowin, OR.
Meeting the child in this place called by Maria Montessori a “Children’s House” continues to remain timeless. For me it brings abundant joys, an ever growing understanding of the nature of our human development, humility and awe for the wonders Dr. Montessori observed so long ago.
Other things I like very much include: traveling to be with my children and grandchildren in Spokane and Hamburg Germany, snow skiing, learning the names of native plants and the geology of a place, flowers, and exploring and appreciating other cultures (and how we all fit together).