I moved up to Alaska in 2000 with my husband to do some mission work for a couple of years and ended up staying much longer! I received a mathematics degree in 1999 from a small liberal arts college in the lower 48. In 2002, I worked as an assistant at a local Montessori Preschool and the next year went to Boulder, CO and received my Montessori Teaching Certificate for ages 3-6. I have been a classroom lead teacher, Director of Education, home-based teacher and preschool owner. While I agree with some of the Montessori philosophy, I can relate much better with the school's play-based curriculum. My family (husband, children ages 9 and 11, and dog) enjoys getting outdoors to recreate as much as possible; biking, skiing, hiking, and kayaking.