Spotlight Post: Stephanie Sullivan
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams?
My name is Stephanie Sullivan. I have 2 children, Matthew 24 & Monica 21, husband Tom and a whoodle dog named Duffy. I have a degree in Psychology and AMS Montessori certification. I have been teaching preschool and PreK for over 25 years. I love spending time with my family at the beach on Cape Cod. I enjoy being outside, running, and attending Orangetheory classes.
Q: What’s your favorite Montessori quote?
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
I truly believe that children thrive and develop independence and confidence by allowing them to complete a task on their own.
Q: What do you love about Montessori?
I love how Montessori allows children to explore and choose their own activities/work at their own pace. This naturally leads children to try more challenging areas which enhances their learning experience. This fosters self-discipline, responsibility, independence, initiative and a true love of learning.
Q: What is your favorite area in the classroom and why?
I love all the areas in the classroom. Practical Life is the one area in a Montessori classroom that stands out from other schools. Practical Life is really a bridge between home and school. This area displays beautiful materials that allows children to develop coordination of movement, independence, a sense of order, focus and concentration. Children engage in everyday activities such as sweeping, spooning, tonging, scrubbing, pouring, twisting, etc. that develop and strengthen their gross motor skills to help prepare their hand for writing and their body for bigger things to come in other areas of the classroom, such as carrying Red Rods or Thousand Cubes for math. Practical Life is really the foundation of the Montessori Classroom.
Q: Do you have a favorite book? How about a film?
I have two favorite movies: Wizard of Oz and Sound Of Music.
Q: What first appealed to you about Montessori?
Montessori appealed to me for its hands on, follow the child approach to learning, and empowering children to do for themselves.
Q: What advice do you have for new Montessori adults?
Trust the process of Montessori.
Q: Why did you choose to teach/work here?
West Side Montessori is truly a community that believes in educating the “whole” child. The staff is very dedicated to the children and families.
Q: How did student inspire/motivate you?
As a teacher nothing is more rewarding then witnessing a child have “‘ahh” moment and seeing the joy and confidence when he/she accomplishes a task.
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.