The Montessori classroom is designed to incorporate practical life, sensorial (learning through the senses), mathematics, language, botany, zoology, geography, cultural studies, art, and music.
The Morningside Montessori classrooms are designed for children ages 2-3 (Tinyz), a fully equipped, authentic 3-6 (Children’s House) and a lower elementary grades 1-3.
A child’s capacity to learn with independence and become self-directed is limitless.
The environment in a Montessori classroom is carefully prepared with this capacity in mind. A child at age 3-6 is, guided to choose and free to work with the materials that are scientifically designed to teach a child through movement and tactile discovery (as children are meant to learn). The classroom is carefully prepared to give the child a rich learning experience in the most essential early years.
Trained Montessori teachers along with Montessori materials help to foster independence, concentration and increase curiosity, as well as prepare students to be life long learners. Mainstream materials and methods that limit self-learning and curiosity are not used.
Because music, art, and dance bring so much richness to our lives, these subjects are also explored on a daily basis.
About the Teachers
Miss Jane has spent the past 30 years helping children discover their abilities and talents. She began her love of the Montessori method when she began homeschooling her own children 27 years ago in Oregon and in Colorado. As her last three children were in a public Montessori pre-K school, she began to seek for formal Montessori training. She trained and certified at Montessori Idaho Training Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho under Lori Roth, M.S.
Miss Jane spent her 2005-2006 internship year with Miss Donna Looze, M.S., MCI trainer, St Nicholas School, London England.
Miss Jane continues advancing her training and certiﬁcations through The Montessori Foundation (AMI), Northwest Montessori, and AMS. She loves the life long pursuit of learning and teaching by completing Montessori Courses in Special Needs, Math, Early Literacy, Observations and Art courses.
Miss Jane is also a trained birth doula, cranial-sacral massage therapist, as well as an Early Childhood Music and Movement teacher. She has studied at BYU, University of Utah, Portland State, PCC and ISU. She is the mother of nine children.
Miss Mary was raised in Southern California and attended college in the Los Angeles area. She worked as an airline stewardess for United Air Lines and loved to travel. She lived in New York City, Chicago and Washington DC.
She later got married and moved to Fallbrook, CA where she enrolled her own children in a Montessori school. Enchanted by the materials and the philosophy, she volunteered to help in the classroom. She was asked by the school’s directress to train to become a Montessori teacher. After training she began working in the school and helped the school expand to preschool – third grade. The community was interested in expanding the program again and Miss Mary was a part of that expansion, growing the school through sixth grade. Her niche was always in the first through third class which where she initially certified. She ‘retired’ from Montessori when her husband took a job in Pennsylvania.
Upon her arrival in Pocatello she was impressed with the Morningside Montessori and with Miss Jane and the feeling in her classroom. She welcomed the opportunity to teach and progress our school and is excited, honored and delighted to be a part of it.
Miss Alicia is on her 2nd year helping out at Morningside with the permaculture program and the cooking classes. She graduated from the Salt Lake Community College with an associates degree in their Apprentice Chef program and worked in a few restaurants before moving to Pocatello and becoming a full time Mom. She has homeschooled her children for 12 years, and loves getting to explore all sorts of subjects. This led her to an interest in permaculture and homesteading. At this time she is pursuing a certificate through Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course.
Miss Alicia was introduced to the Montessori Method through Miss Jane, and read through several books on the subject and sought to apply the principles in her own home school. After working at Morningside for a year she has seen that there is much more to understand about it than found in books, and one day hopes to pursue more Montessori training .
Miss Alicia resides on a little 5 acre “farm” near Gibson Jack with her wonderful Husband Rich and 5 of their 6 kids, along with many chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits, cats, dog, etc. She loves to be with her family, explore nature, draw, read and write poetry, dabble around in gardening and homesteading and read, read, read.
About the Business Manager
Miss Brittany has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. She began to learn about and develop a love for the Montessori method upon enrolling her daughter with Miss Jane at Morningside Montessori when the school first opened. Since then, three of her four children attend Morningside Montessori. As she has become more familiar with the Montessori Method in the school setting, she has implemented many Montessori practices in her own home with her children. She is glad to be a part of the Montessori community here in Pocatello.
Miss Brittany has extensive business experience from running and managing her own business for the last 10 years as well as being involved in the management and financial responsibilities of other businesses.
Miss Amy was delighted to discover Morningside Montessori upon moving to Pocatello and is excited to help strengthen the Morningside Community of Families. Previously, Amy was actively involved on a parent board for a long standing, Waldorf based, Cooperative Preschool in Rochester, NY.
Amy and her family are not new to the Montessori Method or experience as Amy’s mother was a Montessori Certified lead teacher in Wisconsin, where Amy grew up, and Amy and her family implement many Montessori practices in their home.
Amy has a BSW and an MSW from Brigham Young University and previously worked as a mental health therapist focusing on children and families.