Leah Kerrigan

Upper Elementary Teacher - Earth Room


For my undergraduate university work, I spent many hours studying as a pre-med student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I double majored in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and in Integrative Physiology and graduated in 2009. After deep thought and consideration, I decided to change the direction of my life's work. I came to the decision that I wanted to be an elementary teacher and attended full-time Metropolitan State University in Denver to obtain my traditional teaching licensure in K-6 Elementary Education and graduated that program in 2012. With my licensure, I substitute taught in three districts, mainly teaching in Boulder/Louisville area schools. After a year of subbing, I found a job teaching 6th grade in Broomfield at a K-12 charter school. 


Although I loved my position teaching at that school, I found it very saddening that we were testing our students too often with hours upon hours of homework each day. I became very frustrated with the some of the systems in place with traditional education and I had to find a way/place to teach that was more my style. 


About a week after I started doing research on alternative educational styles and schools, I discovered Montessori. An incredible opportunity appeared to me by serendipity and I was given the amazing opportunity to obtain a certificate AMI Montessori Education in Atlanta in 2014 funded by Compass Montessori. Along with earning this certificate, I was offered a job here at Compass. For a year, I taught Physical Education along with being the After Care Program Leader. An opportunity in the Earth Room opened up and I am now loving teaching alongside Amy Fleig in the Earth Room. I feel like I have the dream job and am so lucky to have such amazing co-workers and students here at Compass!