New Elementary Teachers for 13-14

Welcome to our new elementary teachers! We are thrilled to announce the that Jessy Eaton and Karen Anway have accepted positions as the new Lower and Upper Elementary teachers for the new classes being formed for next year. Families in their classes will have an opportunity to meet and greet them on May 18. Look for an invitation in the mail soon.

Introducing Jessy Eaton – Lower Elementary Teacher

Jessy was first introduced to the Montessori philosophy in 2010, but has been interested and involved in education ever since she taught swim lessons at her neighborhood YMCA in Kansas City 14 years ago. She began studying education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2005, but since then has taught abroad in London, worked in a number of
schools in the Twin Cities metro, and has joined an Americorps program called Reading Corps. Currently, she is finishing up her licensure work and Montessori training at St. Catherine University. When she is not busy thinking about how excited and thrilled she is to be working in such a wonderful and welcoming school next year, she enjoys riding her bike, having game night with her friends, practicing her Portuguese, and planning her wedding for next summer

“Ever since I joined the Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs at St. Kate’s, I can never forget what my professor once told me, ‘I have taught in schools for many years and I was growing more and more frustrated with the quality of education my students were receiving. When I joined the Montessori community, it felt like I was coming home.’ I felt
the same way. Over the past two years, I have enjoyed seeing the students I’ve worked with at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet grow into such caring, respectful, intelligent, independent thinkers ­ traits any proper Montessori education should foster. I have already seen similar traits in the students at Great River, and the faculty have already been so amazingly gracious and supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better school to begin my teaching career as a Montessori guide.

Introducing Karen Anway – Upper Elementary Teacher
“I became interested in Montessori education when I was choosing a school for my two daughters, now 9 and 11 years old. After training, earning my license, and teaching for three years, I am still inspired by Montessori’s vision of education for life. I come to Great River from Bright Water Montessori in north Minneapolis, where I was the founding teacher
for the E2 program. While there, I helped my students find their inner hunger to learn and help, which led to service learning projects, writing and performing plays and songs, project fairs, Rube Goldberg machines, and other interesting work.

My first career was in writing, and I am an amateur musician and member of a family of science geeks and math nerds. I also enjoy skiing, tearing my house apart, rewiring things, and travel (to get away from the torn­up house). Being an elementary teacher is the perfect career for me because I get to do some of everything. I’m looking forward to the challenge of a new classroom and community next year.”