My love and passion for the Montessori method has been driven by the profound sense of independence and success that my three children have experienced as a result of their Montessori educational experiences. Over twenty years ago, as young parents, my wife and I researched options for childcare and enrolled our daughter in a local Montessori preschool program. The seed was planted, and we fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. As our daughter grew, we knew we wanted her to continue to strive and develop under the wisdom of the Montessori pedagogy. In 1997 we welcomed our second child, and the need to plan ahead for our children’s educational future intensified. During this same time frame my wife and I began forming the vision of a Jefferson County public charter school that was designed based on the Montessori Method, and in 1998 Compass Montessori opened its doors.
After Compass opened I constantly volunteered in any way possible, and I knew in my heart I wanted to be a teacher. I discovered what happiness meant to me: being around the vibrant, free spirits of children who were absorbing everything they were coming into contact with. In 2001 I was offered a job as a children’s house assistant and my journey in education began. Over the next fifteen years, as I taught, I received my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College of Denver, obtained a Colorado professional teacher’s license, and received an M.A. in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, I also completed two separate Montessori elementary trainings: American Montessori Society (AMS), and Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). I spent nine years as an upper elementary teacher, and the past two years as part of the administrative team serving as an instructional coach. Over this last summer I attended the Orientation to Adolescent Studies and received my AMI adolescent diploma.
I am excited to be a part of an energetic and enthusiastic group of teachers who are committed to creating an authentic Montessori experience in the farm school. I am also looking forward to being part of the Store occupation where I am confident that my fifteen years of experience as a small business owner will complement our curriculum.
Outside of school I love spending time with my wife Katy and my children; Dilyn, Connor and Brennan. I enjoy traveling, hiking, fishing, biking, camping, scuba diving, and going on walks with my dogs, Jasper and Delilah.