Spotlight Post: Cory Hall
Cory Hall has been teaching at West Side Montessori for 14 years and was awarded 2017 Teacher of the Year by Toledo Area Parent Magazine. Cory is passionate about Montessori education and loves how children at West Side Montessori become self-motivated learners.
(Cory receiving the Teacher of the Year award)
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been married 25 years to my husband Brian Hall. We have three children: A son named Brandyn who’s 23 years old and currently attending the University of Toledo studying Pharmacy, and two daughters, Kaylee and McKenna. Kaylee is 20 years old and is currently attending the University of Toledo, studying special education. McKenna is 17 years old and is a senior at Northview High School and will be attending Indian State where she will play volleyball. I grew up on a farm in Riga Michigan. I love working out, reading novels and going on vacation with my family.
What is your favorite Maria Montessori quote?
“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.” Children at West Side Montessori become self-motivated learners and are provided with materials that are just right for their development. Montessori education is truly individualized and children have the power to guide their learning.
Do you have a favorite area in the classroom?
I have always been drawn into the Language area of the classroom. It is an area in which you can see huge leaps and bounds in a child. What an amazing thing to be a part of when a child first reads. You can see and feel their excitement and pride in their accomplishment. The love of reading is something I enjoy to nurturing and being a part of.
What advice do you have for Montessori parents?
Come and observe a Montessori classroom. Listen to the language used and observe the child. I have always been impressed with the fact that Montessori children learn to think and act for themselves at a very early age. A Montessori classroom fosters independence and free thinking. Let the child be a child, encourage independence as much as possible and give limited choices.
What continues to inspire you about Montessori?
A mixed-age environment is fundamental to Montessori Education. West Side Montessori provides a community that respects each child’s individuality while teaching empathy and respect. I love guiding the growth within the children during their three-year cycle.
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.