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American Montessori Society

Victoria Gentry

Resource

Reading Teacher

 

Where did you grow up?

I was born in San Francisco and lived there until I was 11 years old. We moved to Napa because my parents wanted my sister and I to live in a safer and smaller community..

 

What were your dreams as a child?

I was always interested in children and education. I observed some different programs to get a feel for them. I was also interested in special needs children.

 

Where were you educated?

I went to elementary school in San Francisco and then Napa High School when we moved to Napa. After high school I attended Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies program and later received my Montessori training in Dallas, Texas.

 

How did you learn about the Montessori philosophy?

I took a class at the Napa Valley College in Piaget and Montessori; I fell in love with the philosophy.

 

How long have you worked at Sunrise?

I have worked at Sunrise for 38 years.

 

Which age groups have you worked with at Sunrise?

I have worked with preschool and kindergarten children.

 

Where else have you worked?

In high school I volunteered at Vichy Elementary School and at the Napa State Hospital. I worked as an assistant at “A Place of My Own”, a preschool and childcare facility.

 

What excites you about the Montessori philosophy?

I love that I get to teach children in a fun and creative way. I love seeing the joy on the children’s faces – you never get tired of that!

 

What is the essence of the Montessori philosophy for you?

The Montessori philosophy cares for all people equally. All people are respected culturally in a very accepting way. Everyone is accepted no matter where they are from and what their beliefs are.

 

What do you love to do outside of school?

I love to bake. I love to socialize with my friends and to visit elderly friends. I love to read and visit museums and I adore going to musicals.