Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Please share a little background about yourself:
I was born and raised in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. At the age of 26, I came to America, just for a year, and here we are today.
I have been married to my husband Craig for 25 years and we have 2 children. We live in Westfield along with our son and our dog, Berkeley. Our son is attending UCC in New Jersey and our daughter is a senior at the University of Wisconsin.
How did you discover Montessori?
I came upon Montessori quite by accident. I attended an open house at the request of a friend, and that was all it took. I attended St. Nicholas House in Dun Laoghaire for 3 years graduating with multiple certifications allowing me to teach children from 2 1/2 to 12. To date, my favorite has been educating young students.
Before beginning, my career at HMS, I worked at Christopher Academy for 23 years. I wore many hats during my time there -headteacher, a teacher trainer and a director. I came to HMS in 2013 ready and eager to begin a new chapter in my life.
What inspired you to become an administrator?
While working in the classroom I enjoyed working with the children, but I wanted an opportunity to work with the families. I feel it is very important to support families as they face the challenges their children face while growing up. I am very fortunate to have a chance to forge a strong bond not just with the child but with the families also. Every family brings something different to the table and to watch this emerge over the years is a true gift.
What is your favorite area in the Montessori classroom?
Practical Life is my favorite area in the classroom, it is the foundation that is needed for all future learning. It gives children the ability to understand more abstract concepts. I feel it is very gratifying to see the effects of practical life when you see the children have the concentration and coordination to take on more advanced tasks.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to travel, I enjoy visiting my dad and my sister in Ireland and my other sister in Paris. My daughter loves it when I come to see her in Wisconsin. I really like watching football, especially the Badgers and the Giants. I enjoy going to the gym, walking Berkeley, sewing and any arts and crafts projects.