Nancy’s curiosity about Montessori education began at an early age. Her mother attended a Montessori school established circa 1917, after Maria Montessori visited California. Her mother’s vivid descriptions of the pink tower, the bells, and the sandpaper letters sounded intriguing and magical, and planted the seeds that grew into a lifetime career.
Nancy attended the opening year at UC Santa Cruz, and graduated with the Pioneer Class of 1965-1969. She earned her BA in US history with a minor in sociology. She then moved to Washington, DC and studied at the Washington Montessori Institute. After completing her American Montessori International certification, she established a pre-K Montessori program in northeast DC at John Burroughs Public Elementary. Nancy spent the next two decades raising her family and working as a Primary level Director in Hyde Park and the south suburbs of Chicago. For the past 20 years, she taught and tutored in the Santa Cruz area, primarily at Santa Cruz Montessori.
Nancy recently moved to Oakland after helping to establish a Bridge program for five-year-olds entering the lower elementary program at Mission Montessori in San Francisco. Nancy has found it deeply gratifying to experience the impact of Montessori education in her own family and in the various school communities she has been fortunate to be a part of. She treasures the many ways this educational philosophy supports children’s curiosity and drive for independence. She is also interested in continuing to explore how Montessori education is implemented in diverse cultures around the world and in the USA.
When Nancy is not in the classroom, she loves to cook, read, garden, listen to music, and travel. Most of all, she loves to spend time with her 6-year-old granddaughter who lives nearby and will very soon become a big sister.