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My name, Connie, means a 'pleasant, easy-going, and responsible nature'. I value love, which is important when working with children and their families. As Maria Montessori said, "Of all things LOVE is the most potent." Love brings together other essential elements such as respect, trust, and understanding to provide a thoughtful and responsible environment for learning and sharing. I also believe that children learn from real life experience; just like I gained rich experiences when dealing with young children in different educational settings for over 20 years. In 2005, I joined Kennedy Montessori School as a teaching assistant in the Casa classroom. When I was given the opportunity to move to the newly created Toddler room I was thrilled! I received my degree, a teacher's certificate, and a Master's degree in Education from Hong Kong. I also earned my Early Childhood Education diploma, and the Toddler Montessori diploma in Canada. Working with young children not only makes me feel younger, but also look younger!
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I began teaching Casa children at Kennedy Montessori in 2016. In that year I was fortunate to teach alongside an amazing teacher, Mrs. Usha Singh, from whom I acquired invaluable skills and knowledge that have helped me to navigate the wonderful world of the Casa child. I completed my training at Toronto Montessori Institute under the direction of four inspirational teachers. I learned the method for teaching the five main areas of the Montessori curriculum, but more importantly, I learned that our teaching method helps to develop the all-important life skills that are necessary for children to move effectively within our world; impulse control, body awareness, the ability to remain focused and the flexibility to handle change and disappointment. I love to share arts and crafts with my students. I look forward to our yearly Christmas crafts! I feel that every child deserves a Montessori education, and Kennedy Montessori is a great place to be. We are a small staff with a big heart.
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Over my 20 year career as a teacher, each day brings new experiences for me and my students; watching my students grow, learn and develop in their own unique way is something that I cherish deeply. I started my career in India, where I completed my Bachelors in Arts and Bachelors in Education and then taught in primary and elementary schools across various disciplines and subject areas. Once my family moved to Canada, I received my Montessori Education diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale in Toronto and have been a Montessori teacher for over 13 years. As a Casa Directress at Kennedy Montessori School, I have come to appreciate the curiosity of our young students and I aim to turn their curiosity into a thirst for knowledge and education. I'm known for my versatile style of instructing, depending on the needs of each student, and my ability to be empathetic to their challenges. I hope to continue teaching for a long time and look forward to a class full of young, eager scholars!
“A montessori teacher's task is no small or easy one! She has to prepare a huge amount of knowledge to satisfy the child's mental hunger, and she is not, like the ordinary teacher, limited by a syllabus”.
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The idea of teaching full-time had never really occurred to me growing up. I knew that I enjoyed sharing knowledge with others, but I never imagined it would become such an integral part of my life. Last year I came to Kennedy Montessori to teach the middle school class. Working with that age group opened my eyes to the wondrous feeling of satisfaction whenever a child reaches that moment of clarity and understanding. These children are creative and hard-working, they just need the opportunity and the inspiration to drive them forward. I believe that my role is to give them the opportunities they need to grow, and to provide them with the inspiration they need to carve a path for their own future. Montessori has shown me a way to change a child's life for the better. It has given me a chance to help these adolescents discover themselves in a way I never thought possible. Through methods of creativity and discovery, I work to provide the foundation for these children who will soon be walking out into the real world.
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