Big news everyone...
It's official! I completed my AMI Elementary Teacher training!
The past two months have been a complete blur, marked by bittersweet endings and bright new beginnings.
All in the month of May, I helped move my husband from Portland to San Francisco (knowing I wouldn't be joining him until mid-July) so that he could start his new job; I took my written exams at Montessori Northwest (three days of writing essays!); I celebrated my 2-year wedding anniversary; and I finally finished coloring/painting all of the timelines and charts that supplement the lessons given in the Elementary classroom--which felt like quite a feat!
Then suddenly and without warning, May turned to June. I survived the oral examination at MNW and graduated from the training center with my AMI Elementary teaching diploma; I packed all my belongings, and my darling husband moved them down to San Francisco; then I immediately flew to the opposite side of the country where I am currently taking three summer courses at Loyola University Maryland.
My time in the oh-so-lovely & dear-to-my-heart Portland, Oregon may have come to an end. And my time in the AMI Elementary teacher training may have passed. But my passion has multiplied, my knowledge has expanded, and my confidence as a Montessori teacher and guide has increased.
It was a truly memorable part of my life, and I couldn't have done it without the support of my husband, my family & friends, my trainer, and my awesome, inspiring cohort of elementary Montessorians who are all headed out into the world to do amazing work with children.
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Now I am looking ahead at what is to come! I'll be moving to San Francisco in 3 weeks. I will have just enough time to settle into my new home, and hopefully, to do a bit of exploring around the area. In August, I will join the staff and community at a wonderful Montessori program in San Mateo. I couldn't be more excited to meet the children and families!
For now, I want to share with you an excerpt from a beautiful poem written by the late Dr. Maya Angelou and recently read aloud to our class at MNW by the Director of Elementary Training, Elise Huneke-Stone. I encourage you to track down and read this poem in its entirety. These words inspire me and fill me with hope for the future of our world. I hope they do the same for you.
A Brave and Startling Truth
- Dr. Maya Angelou