My name is Heather Gibson and I was born in Colorado, lived in 16 other states, but have found my home in North Carolina. I am the oldest of 5 children. My dad and youngest brother are both Apostolic preachers. Growing up, my dad always made sure to teach by doing. We lived in Colorado so we spent a lot of time doing outdoor things like camping and fishing but he wanted to stress the importance of natural consequences. If you didn’t wear bug spray, you were probably going to get bit. We hunted for most of our meat that we froze and used throughout the year. We would go berry picking and grow our own veggies that we would preserve. We relied a lot on our own abilities to live. We have lost a lot of these skills and now rely on industry to provide for us. Life has pushed us to this fate unfortunately. But, I have found these lost loves in Montessori. Life teachings and skills are everyday blessings here.
I’m a single mother of one child. Like all moms, I will say he is one of the most loving, kindhearted children you will ever meet. We are both blessed to be here, where together, we discover new things every day because it’s important to understand we are all lifelong learners. This is a philosophy that is shared by all the teachers here.
I always wanted to be a teacher. History and English were my passions in school but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to tackle years and years of school after I had finished high school. So I decided to see what else I could do. I found another passion, animals. I worked in a vet clinic for almost a decade. Then I had my son and things changed and I needed to make life better for my son. I graduated from UNCG with a teaching degree in special needs 7 years later. I started working for a public school and was really disenchanted with some of the philosophies that were now shared by a lot of the teachers instructing my child. I couldn’t continue teaching for them with a good conscience. I started praying and seeking God’s guidance. He led me right to Ms. Denise and the Montessori school, where I began to work full time in 2013. Now my son is receiving the best education, I have no misgivings about what he is taught, and I know the teachers will love him like he is their own. We get to do things together that we both enjoy like drawing and painting in the afternoon. We are living a really good life thanks to God and the Montessori philosophy.