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Meet Ms. Singh and Ms. Vitus, Room D’s New Teachers

(L to R) Ms. Singh and Ms. Vitus

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. The newest teachers in Room D, joining Ms. Gamarra (now that Ms. Leithauser is on maternity leave), are Ms. Singh and Ms Vitus. We asked them a few questions to get to know her better.

Ms. Singh

What drew you to the Montessori philosophy?

The materials, the math, the language, the practical life–they’re just clean, clear, logical. They make so much sense. As a child, I learned by memorization. We had no concept of verbs and nouns. We were just given a definition, but no material to really help us wrap our minds around the concept.

What made you want to work at MMS?

I have a long history with MMS. I became acquainted with MMS back when it was St. Michael’s Montessori; my two sons attended the school then. [St. Michael’s became Metropolitan Montessori in 1996, when it moved to its current location.] After learning about Montessori materials and the philosophy, I was asked to be a substitute at St. Michaels, and being in the classroom just fascinated me. That made me want to go for the training. Around that time, my family and I moved to Connecticut. I got my training in 2006 in Hartford, Connecticut. Then, we moved back to the city, and my third son attended school at MMS for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, and I taught here again from 2009-2012…when I moved back to Connecticut again. Then, last year, I did substitute teaching in all of the four Primary classes–so I’ve been in and out of this school for many decades.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I’m mostly just excited to collaborate with the team. We’re always noticing, observing, and sharing how can I help this child or that child. I’m always interested in learning new things and finding new ways to help out.

Ms. Vitus

What drew you to the Montessori philosophy?

At the time I was discovering it, I had my own newborn with whom I was, shall we say, flailing? I was immediately struck by how inclusive the Montessori philosophy is for the child. It treats children and their learning process as unique in the world, while addressing their needs in a way that allows them to teach themselves. The Montessori approach flipped a switch within me: illuminating how I wanted to be as a mother; what I wished I had as a child: and what I wanted to be for all children in my future.

What made you want to work at MMS?

I love how MMS is a supportive environment for teachers and creates an atmosphere of calm and community. Teachers are equipped to follow their inspiration–being the best Montessori professionals they can be for our children! In fact, I had help from [Admissions Director and former Early Childhood teacher] Marielle Lopez deciding where I should get my Montessori teacher certification. This began several years ago. I was visiting for a Pop-In and Play Date* with my daughter and was curious about the administration’s thoughts about a good teacher education program. Metropolitan has been on my radar since then, and I will soon be following up my Montessori certification with a Master’s in Special Ed. I am delighted to be part of this team.

*FYI, for prospective parents: Pop-In and Play Dates are free playdates for children ages 2, 3, and 4 (and an accompanying adult) to explore the Montessori environment.  Our 2018 Fall Pop-In and Play Dates will take place 1:30-2:30 on Thursdays October 25; November 1 and 8; December 6.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to growing as a teacher, deepening my understanding of child development in the classroom, and following these children where their needs take them. I’m also looking forward to developing some curriculum projects in French and to sharing my love of art and nature.

Posted on September 28, 2018 in