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Emily Kinsell

My background is in the dental field and adult education, my degree is from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. I am a clinical dental hygienist and have teaching experience in dental hygiene colleges. Currently I work as continuing education provider; teaching skills to educators, dentists and hygienists while practicing full time in Monticello, IN. Additionally, I am a part-time graduate student at Purdue University pursuing a Masters degree in communications. 

 

My son William will be attending first grade in the elementary program in the fall of 2017. He began his Montessori education in the toddler program then moved into pre-primary, Spanish class and the science program. We selected Montessori education based on the self-directed learning philosophy. William excelled in the freedom of movement and choice of learning materials offered in the Montessori classroom. With the help of the dedicated teachers and staff at the school, William shows a continued love of learning. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this diverse community. 

 

Thank you for allowing me to represent you on the board of our parent-owned school.

 

More About Emily

How did you first become involved with Montessori education?

    I became aware of Montessori education in the 1980s when my brother attended a Montessori preschool program, I was a pre-teen, but even then the school seemed like a magical place where children were immersed into tiny real-life settings. They could sweep the floor, cut an apple or read in a chair just their size. I remember thinking how lucky he was to have that little school. Fast forward to choosing an educational path for my own son, Lena spoke so highly of MSGL that I began researching the programs offered. I selected MSGL because of the school's focus on the process of learning and the quality teachers we employ.

How do you think a Montessori education benefits children?

      The ability for children to choose their path in discovery of the classroom materials and progress at their own pace is part of an important developmental process. I am always impressed by the students’ critical thinking skills when I interact with them.

What is your most memorable moment at MSGL?

     During a classroom observation, I witnessed a third year student patiently wait for a younger student to share a work involving a marble. After an appropriate pause, the older student asked the younger if he could also hold the marble and share the work. The younger refused to share, despite the older really wanting to be part of the work. The older student shrugged and said to me, “He just isn’t ready to share yet.” and he moved onto another project. This showed me the value of different age groups interacting in the classroom together and how our kids move through the levels of proficiency in the classroom; Presented, Practiced and Proficient.