Hi, my name is Kathy. My background is a B.A. in Psychology and Human Development and Family life (HDFL), from the University fo Kansas. Some doors opened for me to then go on to do a Preschool Practicum in the HDFL Department, which led into a Preschool Teaching Certificate. An interesting side note, I had to work with white rats before I could work with children. After graduating, I was offered the opportunity to take the Montessori Preschool training with the Montessori Institute of America, and then, the next year, I took the Elementary Montessori Training with the Association Montessori Internationale. So many doors opened for me in the field of Early Childhood Education, I began to see it as my calling. For 15 years, I worked with the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, where I trained preschool teachers from all over the world. We also went on outreaches to other countries, as part of the training program, where we started preschools, or helped in already established preschools. In 2004, I moved back to the St. Louis area to help with family. In September of 2011, I started working at the Centre at Conway. I am a lead Montessori preschool teacher, which is a mixed-age grouping of 3 yrs- 6 yrs olds.
People tell me my strengths are finding creative ways and resources to present concepts to the kids. I love reading good, quality books to the kids and exposing them to well-written, beautifully illustrated’ food’ for their minds and souls. I enjoy the creative process of making preschool concepts hands-on. And I think I can talk to children this age at their level.
In my spare time, I like to take care of animals, I have several pets, nothing exotic though. My dog used to be my “personal trainer”, but he is getting up there in age now, so we stroll a lot. I am still involved with the University of the Nations and help with their teacher-training program either in person, or via Skype. Through technology I am able to keep in touch with a lot of my former students and colleagues. I am also very involved with my church. Cooking, and getting together with friends and extended family is always something I am up for.
One of Montessori’s quotes I find myself using a lot is: “The world is so full of so many wonderful things [to teach the children], why would we ever need fantasy!” (My paraphrase).