Q: Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams?
I grew up in Centerville, South Dakota. My mother works for Sanford Health and my father is a metal worker. I have 8 brothers and sisters. I enjoy outdoor activities – walking, camping, swimming – as well as reading and painting.
Q: How were you first introduced to Montessori?
I had no idea who Maria Montessori was until she was briefly discussed in Foundations of Education class at Southeast Tech. The 3 paragraphs about herself and her work convinced me that this was something I needed to learn more about.
Q: What was it about Montessori that resonated with you?
Almost everything. From the preparation of the environment, the promotion of concentration and self-control and independence to the specialized materials, like the pink tower, and the areas of study, like practical life and sensorial.
Q: What brought you to Baan Dek?
I was lucky enough to have an internship experience at Baan Dek for 8 weeks in 2015. During that time, I mostly observed the children while they worked. I don’t say this lightly, however. It was so exceptional to see the children move in the classroom independently.
Q: What treats do you always say yes to?
Chocolate, Cherry Berry and Juice Stop.
Q: What are your favorite colors?
Pink, silver and orange
Q: What is your favorite childhood book or movie?
There are so many choices but my most favorite would have to be Dr. Seuss.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to see my family and friends or reading.
Q: What is your favorite animal and why?
Orca whales. They have always been beautiful creatures to me.
Q: What did you want to be when you were little?
Q: What’s a fun fact about your life?
I have a scar on my forehead from getting stitches at 5 years old. I learned that doing somersaults off the couch can be dangerous…