Toddler Community

Polar Bears/Otters 

Aideaidee_cepedae Cepeda – Lead Teacher

Ms. Aidee has been part of School in the Hills’ toddler team since the school opened in 2008. She began her teaching career as an Assistant in the 3-6 Primary class in a small Montessori school in Pflugerville, TX, however she has always been drawn to teaching toddlers. Ms. Aidee especially loves their honesty, transparency, and vivacity. She believes that the toddler years are not only the most important of the child’s life but the most fun. She enjoys seeing her students grow, develop, and mature. Although toddlerhood can be a challenging developmental stage, no temper tantrum or fit scares Ms. Aidee for one of her best qualities is patience coupled with love.

Ms. Aidee has ten years of experience working with young children. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Teaching. She received her Infant-Toddler certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 2010 and her 3-6 Primary certification from the United Montessori Association in 2004.

Ashley Humphries – InternAshley-1

Ms. Ashley has always loved the way she, as an adult, could impact young children’s minds. She believes this is the reason she fell in love with working with children. Since her teenage years, she always had a knack for working with children. She was introduced to the Montessori world in 2013 and fell in love with this educational method and its principles right off the bat. She was not a Montessori child herself, but as soon as she learned about it, she knew she wanted to provide nothing less than a Montessori education to her child. Ms. Ashley has worked in both the toddler and the Primary communities. She loves both age groups but feels the toddlers have her heart. She enjoys seeing their little faces when they master and accomplish new tasks that we may think are simple, such as pouring milk. Witnessing how proud they are of themselves melts her heart.

Ms. Ashley is currently pursuing her Infant-Toddler Montessori certification through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

Stephanie Chavez – AssistantStephanie-1

Ms. Stephanie enjoys working with young children because she loves witnessing how they learn and grow. She enjoys being part of children’s most crucial developmental years. She is always in awe of how at such a young age, children absorb what they experience in their environment. Their brains are like sponges, and they look the world through their curiosity and eagerness to learn. Ms. Stephanie was drawn to Montessori after listening to her older sister talk about her experience as a Montessori teacher at School in the Hills. She knew then that she wanted to be part of the Montessori community.

Ms. Stephanie is a caring, loving, and patient teacher who believes the best way to foster a true love for learning is by allowing children to learn at their own pace since every child is unique and may learn in different ways. Ms. Stephanie loves to instill love and respect in the children. She also believes is important for her to grow in her personal and professional lives and is always open to new learning opportunities.

 

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