I first became a part of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School Community when my son enrolled in Montessori in 1986. At that time my role was being a parent in the community. In 1991 the principal approached me and asked if I was interested in becoming a Montessori teacher assistant. It was at that time my Montessori career began. The lead teacher at that time, Susan Boughton encouraged me to get my Montessori Certification. I received my MIA certification diploma on November 23,1993. I was a teacher assistant for a couple of years and then in 1995 was offered the position of Director of the Montessori program and lead teacher position in the Montessori East classroom. I have been teaching in Montessori for 29 years and have loved every joyful moment. I adore children and love their excitement for learning.
I started my career at St. Aloysius in 2000. At that time, I was hired in ELC as a Pre Kindergarten teacher. In 2010 I began working in the Montessori program as a teacher assistant. After a few years went by I felt the Montessori method of teaching was a nice fit for me. I decided to get my Montessori Diploma from NAMC. I completed the course on September 12,2013 and became the lead teacher in the Montessori West classroom. I have been in this position for seven years and look forward to the years ahead.
I am happy to begin my second year with Saint Aloysius in the Montessori Classroom. It is a privilege to have Marta as my mentor, and I hope to stay for years to come utilizing the Montessori method. I hold a Master’s in Teaching (K-8) from WSU, and a Psychology degree from Rocky Mountain College where I competed in track and volleyball. I have 8 years experience teaching preschool/ Kindergarten and 7 years working in child services. I’m from Bonners Ferry, ID where we still go huckleberry picking and stay on my parents farm. I have 3 beautiful children and we love to camp, swim, and enjoy our hobbies. There’s no greater age than preschoolers!