Celebrating Dr. Maria Montessori's Birth; 150 Years Ago!
Degrees and Certifications:
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATES -Montessori Certification - 9 to 12-year-olds, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies - 6 to 9-year-olds, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies - 12 to 15-year-olds, Houston Montessori Center -English as a Second Language Certification, State of Texas -Teaching Certification, Texas Christian University (cum laude) -M.Ed., Secondary Science Education, Texas Christian University (cum laude) -B.A., Biological Sciences, University of California at Davis -A.A., General Studies, Weatherford College, Texas (cum laude) Team Awards and Recognition Colorado Measures of Academic Success -Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award, 2017 -Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award in Science, 2018 School Performance Frameworks -Recognition by the District Accountability Committee for outstanding growth, Colorado Springs, 2019
Upper Elementary: Ms. Leigh, Directress and Ms. Dessa, Co-Teacher
The greatest sign of success for a teacher…. Is
to be able to say, “The children are now working
as if I did not exist.”
Welcome to our Upper Elementary class! We work hard and we play hard!
I started teaching Upper Elementary children 16 years ago and have enjoyed working with 9 to 12-year-olds ever since. I am passionate about the Montessori child-focused teaching approach.
I have worked in a variety of educational settings throughout the years, having taught children ages 3 to 15, at private, charter, and public schools, as well as at Museums and a Zoo. When I discovered the Montessori curriculum and instruction, I felt as though I had found my home.
Dr. Montessori was about 100 years ahead of her time as she made her observations of children and figured out ways to entice them to learn by introducing works which resemble games and are fun to use.
Dr. Montessori was a scientist and her explanations of the different developmental levels of children’s brains really struck a chord with me. Children may be the same age, but each student’s brain development could be alike in some ways and different in others.
At any given moment, the children in our classroom could be focusing on completely different lessons—activities which are ‘just right’ for the individual. With our mixed age groups, students can work at the level they need in every subject area, on the continuum from remedial, to on-grade level to advanced.
The children enjoy their personalized work and they concentrate so deeply that they sometimes need to be reminded that it is time for recess. Several times throughout the years children have begged to continue working and skip recess. Can you imagine that? Children who would rather do schoolwork than go to recess?
On a Personal Note
Outside of school, my husband Tim and I love to hike, travel and make silly jokes, of course, MY jokes aren’t silly. 😊
We have two kitties who are the real bosses of the family--good thing they are so cute! I love to cook, garden, sculpt, do photography, and visit with family and friends.