Bio coming soon.
As a teacher, my goals have always been to bring out students’ strengths and ignite a passion for continual learning. I have taught all ages (0-40+) in dance, Spanish, and parent education, but my main focus and greatest joy has been early childhood education (ECE) since 2000.
My name is Tammy Sakariassen and I am the Directress of Primaria Aria. I was born in Wisconsin but moved to Europe in 1976 where I finished my education in Bergen, Norway at Anton Johannesens specializing in Business and Computer Studies. I received my AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. I am currently working toward my Director’s qualifications.
I have worked at MAC since summer 2013. I grew up in North Carolina and earned a Bachelor's degree in English and American Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After discovering a love for preschool-aged children and the Montessori philosophy, I completed my Montessori training at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. This is my first year as a lead teacher and my fifth year working in a Montessori classroom.
Our primary classroom is designed to meet the needs of the rapidly developing 3-6 year old. Classes are composed of mixed-age groups to allow for cognitive stimulation while also meeting each child’s social needs. The purpose of this program is to enrich and promote the further development of each child’s natural curiosity and zest for learning.
Our primary classroom is designed to meet the needs of the rapidly developing 3-6 year old. Classes are composed of mixed-age groups to allow for cognitive stimulation while also meeting each child’s social needs. The purpose of this program is to enrich and promote the further development of each child’s natural curiosity and zest for learning. Each class has a wide variety of materials for hands-on exploration and trained staff that facilitate a child’s trust in him/herself through risk-taking, further questioning and skill development.
I began my Montessori journey at the age of three years old. As a Montessori child I knew my career path would lead me to Montessori Education. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I moved to Portland, Oregon and took the Primary Montessori training at the Montessori Institute Northwest. Following my training I received my Masters in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. This will be my seventh year teaching at the primary level.
My Name is Amy Smith, I am the lead directress in Primaria Terra. I have worked at MAC since October of 2009. I recieved a Bachelors in Behavioral Science with a Minor in Elementary Eduaction from Metro State University. I then discovered a love for Montessori Education. I recived my Montessori teacher Certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.
Personal Info – hobbies, interests
I love to travel, be in the great outdoors, do yoga, be with family and teach young children. I am inspired every day when working with children.
To facilitate the schedules of working parents, MAC offers programs both before and after school.
To facilitate the schedules of working parents, MAC offers programs both before and after school. The morning program serves a parent provided breakfast until 8:15. These early risers are free to work with puzzles, blocks, art and other freeform activities as well as help with the preparation of the classroom. Children in the afternoon program will be offered a snack and will be part of an enrichment program including art, music, creative movement, and outdoor games.