The past month has been a whirlwind. On June 18th, I was offered and accepted a head teacher position at a local Montessori School. If anyone one told me that I would become a preschool aged private school teacher, I would have fiercely denied it.
I was meant to be the next Michelle Pfieffer from Dangerous Minds at an urban high school. But then I met Montessori method. As a special educator, I am madly in love with the materials, the ability to work with children 1-1, and the option for independent choice among many many many more aspects of the philosophy
Almost immediately after being hired, I was sent to Gordon College in Massachusetts, (I've mentioned that in passing a few times) to learn how to use the materials, learn the lesson plans, and create my own for my (future) classroom.
The past four week, I've been in a small auditorium that hasn't been updated since the 50s, with no windows and a questionable air conditioner. For 8 hours a day, I've sat in lectures regarding Child Development, Educational (Montessori) Philosophy, Lessons in Practical Life (which work on a child's coordination, concentration, and independence), Sensorial (sights, sounds, texture, ect) Math, Observation, and Language.
It has been a very emotional ride. There is a lot of information to take in, but I am SO excited for my next chapter begin.
Now, with the majority of my lectures over, it's time for me to move back home and to enjoy the summer and begin preparing for my classroom for the fall.