The Early Childhood 1 Room
Kim Koch - Lead Directress
Kim joined Magnolia in 2016. She began her career in the Montessori community as a parent selecting a Montessori pre-school for my children. The more she learned from the sidelines the more drawn she became and it soon became clear to her that this profession "fit me like a glove." Kim's undergraduate background in psychology has been most beneficial since at the core of Montessori is one's understanding of child development as well as human behavior.
Kim has participated in the Montessori community at large in a variety of capacities including as a presenter, working with teacher-training programs, as well as guiding many future Montessorians as their Supervising Teacher. Second to the joy she receives each time a child experiences his own "a-ha" moment in the classroom is being a part of fueling the excitement and energy new Montessorians bring as they learn and grow in a profession we mutually love. This is especially what drew her to Magnolia. Kim is so motivated by and committed to helping grow a new school whereby expanding the Montessori community, as well as providing high quality pre-school education in the Hunterdon County area.
Having completed her AMS Infant/Toddler certification in 2019, together with her Early Childhood credential and 25+ years’ experience, prepared her for the next leg of my journey entering into a part-time Administrative role. Her responsibilities will include Coordinator in the areas of Curriculum, Transition; when children transition from one developmental level to another, and Inclusion; preparations to support children with learning differences as well as special needs.
Within each child lies the person she is going to become. It is the "essence" of the child; what we refer to in Montessori terms as the "spiritual embryo." It's her goal each and every day to provide the environment within which each child can grow and blossom in order to realize her full potential; honoring her spiritual embryo. It's a great privilege.
Our Early Childhood classroom is an environment that fosters respect, compassion, and acceptance working in a cooperative fashion while striving for each child to reach his/her full potential as they journey to create the people they are intended to become. This is achieved by celebrating individual differences while embracing all that brings us together as a Montessori community. Our vibrant and stimulating environment encourages children to learn by means of all their senses which supports a vast array of learning styles. Children are presented with challenging, yet attainable goals, which propels them towards self-discovery in pursuit of developing their whole person. Our program is individualized which enables children to progress at their own rates while also providing room for a child to explore further in any particular area of interest as far as s/he is able to grow. We find that children are often high achieving when all their developmental needs are supported by the environment within which they are surrounded. The Directress is an integral part of this environment as the "dynamic link" between the children and the materials from which they gather the concepts to learn and grow.