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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.
Anna Wegerson is thrilled to be teaching at BMS as a lead in the Magnolia Classroom, where she has taught since 2015. Anna hails from Chicago, IL, where she attended Montessori from the age of three up 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 in 2013. She is currently working on getting a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University. Anna adores this amazing and supportive community of parents, children and educators, and is happy to be residing in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana.
Kate Drake graduated from IU Bloomington in 2013 with a degree in Sustainable Design, a multidisciplinary major through the Individualized Major Program, which allowed her to combine her passion for ecological and sociological sustainability with her interest in architecture, landscape design and natural building methods. Her minors included Public and Environmental Affairs, Art History and Studio Art. Kat enjoys spending her time outside hiking in the woods and working in the garden. Kat finds the organic, independent learning environment at Montessori captivating and beautiful. The children are inspiring and such a joy to work with.
Quinn Moncada is excited to teach in both the Sweet Gum and Magnolia classroom this fall. Quinn recently relocated to Bloomington from Ft. Drum, New York, where she worked teaching three and four year olds in a traditional pre-kindergarten classroom. Quinn has five years of traditional teaching experience, and was driven to transition into Montessori education based on her passion for holistic child development. Outside of the classroom she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her horses. Quinn appreciates the welcoming community she has found at Bloomington Montessori, and is looking forward to connecting with all of the families who attend.
India Noffke holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Kentucky and navigated a variety of odd jobs, from office assistant to farmer, before settling in to her passion for working with children. She worked for two years in a play-based preschool rooted in Montessori and Waldorf philosophies before moving to Bloomington and joining the BMS community in 2017. In her free time, India enjoys hiking, camping, and gardening.