It is with great honor that I accept the position of Farm School Math guide. My family came to Compass in 2004, when our four boys were 3, 6, 9, and 12. With our youngest entering his 11th year in the high school this Fall, I am excited to begin my work here as well. As a parent, I have best come to enjoy and know the community through the annual fifty hours of volunteer effort each family is asked to fulfill.
Originally from Indiana, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Purdue University (1986). Highlights of my career as a chemist include growing single crystals to determine the three-dimensional structure of molecules, establishing and monitoring clinical trials for health care products, and testing qualities of grape juice for an Ohio winery. I applied my degree in various laboratories in southern Ohio before leaving the field to be at home with my children. Mothering has been a very compelling role for me, where I have enjoyed dabbling in any activity/idea/opportunity with the word “home” in it – homebirth, homeschool, homebrew, homemade. Indeed, I do love home. When I am not at work, I am happy to be at home – gardening, cooking, writing, knitting, playing the piano, playing games with my family, and hosting Friday night pizza parties.
This summer I returned to Ohio to attend the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies, a four-week intensive introduction to Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. The training was an important immersion into Montessori, and I feel fortunate to have experienced it as preparation for me to fulfill my role in the classroom.