What is your experience and training and how did you come to our school?
I am a lifelong educator with 36 years of experience. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. I taught for 20 years in special education and elementary education, mostly at the 4th-6th grade levels. I was the Dean of Students at Pine Middle School and Assistant Principal at Bennett Elementary before arriving at High Desert Montessori in 2011 as Principal/Director.
Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?
I believe parents need to make educational choices that are best for their family. High Desert Montessori provides a free K-8 option within our community. In addition to a Nevada teaching license, our teachers are highly trained specifically in Montessori which allows them to create a learning environment which meets the needs of their students. We are not a new fad in education, but a school which believes in sound practices which are over 100 years old and focus on the whole child. Our students exit HDMS with a strong sense of self by taking initiative and making choices that help them to be their best version. We are a golden gem within education in northern Nevada and I am honored to be part of such a community!