For this month, we’re introducing our new exciting Kindergarten Enrichment teacher, Ms. Paige Haden!
Q. What are you most looking forward to teaching at Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy?
I am thrilled to bring my passion for literature and storytelling to Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy. I am a student of global literature and I am passionate about reading aloud and sharing stories from all over the world in our community. I cannot wait to set up a reading corner in our classroom.
Q. What is one of your hidden talents?
I’m not sure it is hidden, though perhaps it is in the classroom, but I was a competitive swimmer from age 5 through college. I actually attended college due in part to competitive swimming!
Q. What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
The students might be surprised to learn that I went to a Montessori school when I was their age, Toddler through Middle School, in fact!
Q. What’s a typical Saturday night like for you?
I love to spend my Saturdays with friends and family. Luckily, my family lives nearby so often I go see them dinner on the weekends. If not, you’ll probably find me cooking at home or at my local ice cream shop.
Q. Do you know any foreign languages?
I am approaching proficiency in Spanish.
Q. What’s your favorite city and why?
My favorite city is London, England! I spent 9 months studying in London while I was completing my undergraduate degree and I fell in love with the theatre scene, the weekend markets and with the double decker red London busses- of course!
Q. Of all the countries you’ve visited, which had the best cuisine?
Belize! Hands down! I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many places in the last couple of years and my favorite meals were those I had in the six districts of Belize. My favorite meal (breakfast, of course!) consisted of black beans, fresh scrambled eggs, homemade cornmeal tortillas, coffee and lime juice.
Q. What is your favorite children’s book or what book from your childhood have you never forgotten?
My favorite children’s book is Verdi by Janell Cannon. I love the part where Verdi the snake breaks free of the mud and zips, once again, confidently through the air and the forest!
Q. What is your first memory as a student?
My first memory from school is taking a photo next to the Montessori school sign (I did this every year).
Q. Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
“At some given moment it happens that the child becomes deeply interested in a piece of work; we see it in the expression on his face, his intense concentration, the devotion to the exercise.” —Maria Montessori
I love this quote by Maria Montessori because I believe that each and every one of us is that child. The child who is concentrated intently upon the work that they chose. I make a conscious choice every day that I walk into the classroom to share what I am curious, excited and passionate about with my students, in hopes that they will do the same with me.