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About Us

Kristen Sundquist, Director and Teacher

I discovered Montessori teaching methods in my college days and was immediately drawn to them as a focus for my life's work and career. I have a Bachelor of Education degree and American Montessori Society teacher certification from Seattle University.

Being an effective Montessori director and teacher requires a lifelong commitment to learning and professionalism. Becoming better every year as a Montessori guide is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I am also dedicated to meeting and exceeding the high standards for child safety and professionalism that are required for administrators and staff of state-licensed childcare facilities.

Why Montessori, Why Here?

In college I took a wide variety of courses, including honors humanities and philosophy courses, as well as math and science courses for a possible career in engineering. But I was always drawn to teaching. 

My choice to teach was sealed after I watched children in a well-run Montessori classroom. A Montessori classroom provides a range of child-centered individual and group activities. These specialized activities, which provide for progressive learning, were developed by Maria Montessori during her decades of early learning research. As each activity unfolds, it suggests more to be learned, like one horizon giving way to another. The children are naturally curious, and are drawn in.

When I saw this happening, I loved the enthusiasm of the children as they pursued activities in math, language, science, and art. In a Montessori classroom, the child chooses from among many activities. The teacher serves as a facilitator, or "guide," helping children choose individual and group activities depending on readiness and social skills. In a good Montessori school, the interest and enthusiasm of the children shows. Often they will do things that no one expects they can do.  When I saw this happening in the classroom, I dedicated myself to being the best possible Montessori guide.

At Children’s Garden Montessori School of Poulsbo, I bring to the classroom a complete set of Montessori learning activities, as well as four-year credentials from a teaching university with an accredited Montessori curriculum. With these tools and skills in the classroom, our children develop enthusiasm for learning and a true “I can do it” attitude.  Combine this with our peaceful natural setting, and you can provide a unique and vital positive preschool experience for your child – a unique preparation for school and for success in life.

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