Q: Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams?
I grew up on a farm in South Dakota, attended South Dakota State University, and majored in Human Development and Family Studies. I previously worked as a college campus missionary and as a case manager in refugee resettlement. While I enjoyed my time in both of these roles they both eventually led me to the realization that I desire to teach and specifically in a Montessori setting. My greatest hope is to become a saint and on a less serious note but still important, I also really hope to learn to surf someday! :)
Q: How were you first introduced to Montessori?
I briefly learned about Montessori schools in college but what really stirred my interest were a couple friends that either sent their children to or worked at parishes with Catholic Montessori schools. They couldn’t speak highly enough of their experiences with Montessori schools.
Q: What was it about Montessori that resonated with you?
So much!! But to be brief, I really appreciate that it is holistic education, that children move at their own pace, and that it teaches children how to think and not just what to think. The Montessori method really seems to unlock the potential of children!
Q: What brought you to Baan Dek?
I love Sioux Falls and I was convicted that I wanted to become a Montessori teacher eventually so my role as a classroom assistant at Baan Dek filled that criteria! I also had some good friends of mine tour earlier this year and spoke so highly of Baan Dek.
Q: What is your favorite part of your day at Baan Dek?
I love greeting the children in the morning, especially after I’ve gotten to know them better these past couple months. I also love to witness when a child connects with one of the works, and the expression on their face when they are either excited to do the work or are so proud or joyful that they’ve completed a work.
Q: What is your favorite life quote?
The glory of God is man fully alive.
Q: What is your favorite color?
Deep emerald green
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
I am definitely a people person so in my free time I love spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, and hosting others for dinners. I also enjoy reading non-fiction, prayer, longboarding, going on leisurely walks and bike rides, and cheering on the Packers and the SDSU Jacks football teams.
Q: What is your favorite animal and why?
Lions because they are beautiful, powerful, and there is no disputing they are king.
Q: What’s a fun fact about your life?
Back in college, I hiked a Colorado fourteener, Mount Columbia, and was caught in the middle of a thunderstorm as our group began the descent from the summit. Though most of my group had at least some mountain climbing experience before, I had no previous experience and no preparation for the climb. It was terrifying that the storm came earlier than predicted when we were still so close to the top but it is one of my favorite memories from college.