• I have been teaching for 16 years. Three years here in North Carolina and 11 years in Nevada.   I worked two years with special needs children in Illinois. Before that I was in the Air Force as a computer systems analysis. The Montessori philosophy speaks to my spirit as a teacher, a mom, and a learner.  It is a scientific study on child development and learning that fits well with my own beliefs in teaching. I use science as a vehicle to captivate and motivate children in the exploration of the world around us.  I love science and feel that science is a great way to engage children in the love of learning because they want to know why and how everything works. Science gives them the opportunity to ask questions, explore, make mistakes, and find answers. Which is how all learning occurs.