Welcome to the Early Childhood 1 Room!
About the Early Childhood Room 1 Directress:
Kim Koch - Lead Directress
I began my career in the Montessori community as a parent selecting a Montessori pre-school for my children. The more I learned from the sidelines the more drawn I became and it soon became clear to me that this profession "fit me like a glove." My 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.
I have 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 I receive each time a child experiences her/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 me to Magnolia. I am 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.
Within each child lies the person s/he is going to become. It is the "essence" of the child; what we refer to in Montessori terms as the "spiritual embryo." It's my goal each and every day to provide the environment within which each child can grow and blossom in order to realize his/her full potential; honoring his/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.
Thoughts from the Early Childhood 1 Directresses:
"I find it a great joy and honor to work with children and have the opportunity to be "in the moment" and see the world through their unfiltered eyes. It's fascinating!
One of the reasons why I enjoy working with children in a Montessori environment is the privilege of witnessing their "a-ha" moments when the light bulb goes on after a new concept has been grasped, whether it's an academic advance or a social-emotional one.
I chose to be a Montessori teacher for multiple reasons but one that stands out for me is that I believe a Montessori education BESTsupports a child in her drive to become the person she is intended to become; helping to develop the WHOLE child. Each child brings with him a special and unique "spirit" which is the gift they have to offer the world. I get to witness and experience these great gifts each and every day! Dr. Montessori, living during a time of war, believed that the path to peace was through the children and I think that is just as relevant and true today. If we are to have peace in this world, it must begin with the children." - Ms. Koch
“I love being a teacher for so many reasons. One of the things I love most about working with children is constantly being humbled. I am reminded daily that it is not what you have, it is what you do with what is inside that matters." - Miss. Krissy
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