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The Magnolia Early Childhood classroom offers an all-day program for children between the ages of 3-6. The program includes a morning and an afternoon work period along with 4 outdoor times, lunch, rest time and 2 group meetings. During the work periods, teachers give children individual and small group lessons in Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Mathematics, Language, Science and Geography. During the daily group meetings children participate in discussions, songs, games, stories and presentations. Montessori children are encouraged to solve problems independently, to guide their own education by following their interests and to do purposeful work, with an emphasis on freedom of movement. We give children the opportunity to learn in a beautifully prepared classroom with teachers who are trained to foster independence, leading to an optimal, peaceful, learning environment.
Kathleen Clark-Perez has been lead teaching in the Magnolia room since 2012. She has been co-lead teaching in the classroom with Anna Wegerson since 2015. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University. Kathleen had the pleasure of completing a summer semester of Spanish at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Kathleen received her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential from the Montessori Teacher Academy at Edison Lakes in South Bend, Indiana.
Kathleen and her husband, Claudio, welcomed their son, Mateo, into the world in April of 2015. She loves living near Bryan Park and the B-line trail because long walks are one of her favorite ways to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys playing guitar and sewing in her spare time.
Anna Wegerson is thrilled to be teaching at BMS, after working previously as an assistant in the Magnolia classroom, where she now co-leads with Mrs. Clark. Anna hails from Chicago, IL, where she attended Montessori from age 3 through 8th grade. She holds a BA in Theatre from Earlham College, and received her certification in Montessori Early Childhood Education from Seton Montessori Institute. Anna adores this amazing and supportive community of parents, children and educators, and is happy to be residing in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana.
Megan Carpenter started teaching at BMS in the summer of 2012. Her full-time position at the school splits her day between the Magnolia and Sweet Gum All Day preschool classrooms. Miss Carpenter loves facilitating children in following their interests through the work material, and enjoys presenting lessons that adhere to each child’s individual quest in the classroom. She earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and also holds B.A. degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from Indiana University. Miss Carpenter taught in the Boston area and in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York for several years before returning to Bloomington, where she enjoys hiking the trails and spending time at Monroe Lake.