Spotlight on Ms. Lacey!
Ms. Lacey is a Lead Infant and Toddler Guide at MSH. Lacey received her Montessori credential from the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. In addition to leading in the toddler classroom, Lacey guides infants and their caregivers in our Montessori Mornings program.
Q: How long have you been at MSH?
So, long. I started the beginning of February 2006, so 13 years.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Knowing that I have these tiny people I get to spend my day with. I get the gift of watching them become some of the most amazing people.
There is something so magical about infants and toddlers. They are so pure, honest with every emotion. They have the most genuine expressions because they have not yet learned how society expects them to feel, they just express freely. They share joy, sadness, love, frustration, all while learning who they are in this big world around them.
Also, witnessing a child move from the unconscious absorbent mind into the conscious absorbent mind is fascinating.
Q: If you had to choose one, what is your favorite Montessori quote?
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Dr. Maria Montessori, Education and Peace
I would love to be a Toddler, in my environment. I would love to truly feel what it is like to be in our space as one of them. Imagine how much more we could learn if we saw through their eyes and in the thoughts of the Infant or Toddler.
Q: What advice do you have for parents just beginning their Montessori journey with their child?
Trust your child. Follow your child. Observe your child and their daily environments. Allow time and room for ‘mistakes’ or messes. They are ok; they are how children and people learn.
Q: Where do you see Montessori in the next 100 years?
I would LOVE to see Montessori becoming the mainstream and norm for public education. I know it would take so much work, but with the changing times and such progressive thinking about education and respect for children, it could happen.
Thank you, Lacey!