As I think about what makes me “Gabby”, these three things immediately come to my mind: “Jesus, family, and teacher”. I know that I would not be the person I am today had it not been for God. I grew up attending Sunday School and loved every bit of it. My teachers were full of passion and excitement! That’s possibly where my interest in teaching was sparked.
I have been married since 2014. My husband and I have a 1 year old 4 legged baby. We are currently the youth leaders at our local church with a group of about 50 young people; they’re basically our children. Most of our afternoons are spent planning youth events or simply enjoying the company of the YG. We absolutely love and have a burden to help these young people reach their fullest potential.
Growing up, my dad emphasized the importance of family. We ate at the table together, we had cook outs almost every weekend with my cousins, and being together was always treasured. This is one of the reasons that I love our school. Parents and teachers have close relationships and everyone at school is part of what I like to call “Our Montessori family”.
God opened doors that lead me to the Montessori school about five years ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect and considered it a “temporary job”. Denise, our head of school, offered me a position as the toddler teacher and I declined. I felt I wasn’t ready.
Two years later she offered me another position. After much prayer I knew it was what God had planned for me. After attending an assistant Montessori teacher training, I fell in love with the Montessori method. It clicked for me. Following the child and allowing them to naturally blossom is what I lacked in my own education. Not only is academics important but the child as an individual is just as important.
I recently became Montessori certified through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, thankful to grow as a Montessori teacher. My goal is to be able to teach others about the impact this method can make. My dreams is to eventually help start and teach schools in different countries.
“Montessori is an education for independence preparing not just for school, but for life.” Maria Montessori