As the weather is warming up (already?!) here in Baltimore, it’s easy to think back to the heat of last summer and the buzz around campus as so many of our Montessori trainees prepare to set out into the world on the cosmic task of continually discovering the child. One such eager graduate was Jan Heyrana, who completed her Primary training at the Washington Montessori Institute in Columbia, MD.
Give us a little background on yourself. Where did you grow up? When did you decide to become a Montessori teacher?
I was born in the Philippines and my family moved to the United States when I was two years old. I grew up in the Northern Virginia area right outside of Washington, DC. I have always been very passionate about children and I knew I wanted a career serving children- I just didn’t know what that career was going to be until after I graduated college and became an assistant at a Montessori school. I did my research and found Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University. I loved my training and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy!
Tell us about your experience in Baltimore over the summer. Was it difficult to complete the capstone in such a short amount of time? Did you enjoy the on-campus experience?
I really enjoyed my experience in Baltimore over the summer. Loyola University’s Evergreen Campus is absolutely gorgeous and it was the perfect environment for me to complete the capstone in just a month. It was so wonderful being surrounded by other Montessorians from all over the country and from all levels.
I really appreciated the fact that all of my professors were either AMI trained or had personal and professional experiences with AMI. They applied Montessori theories to their lectures which in turn helped me apply what I learned over the summer in my own classroom.
I enjoyed all the fun events such as the cocktail party, attending the Orioles game, and lunch at Dean Smith’s house! I made so many great friends and colleagues during my time in Baltimore.
I understand that you’ve been working at a Montessori school in Virginia. How do you like being in the classroom?
I am working at an AMI school in my hometown and I absolutely love it! The administration and staff have been so supportive of me during my first year teaching. The children are so wonderful and I look forward to going to work every day! I feel lucky and blessed to have found a career that I truly enjoy.
Do you have any advice for current students in our program?
Enjoy your time training and completing the capstone in Baltimore over the summer! It might seem like a lot of work and it might feel really overwhelming, but it will all pay off once you’re in the classroom. Everything you learn will be applied when you become a teacher!
Many thanks to Jan for sharing her experience with us!
Our favorite insight: I really appreciated the fact that all of my professors were either AMI trained or had personal and professional experiences with AMI. They applied Montessori theories to their lectures which in turn helped me apply what I learned over the summer in my own classroom.” – Jan Heyrana
Loyola University Maryland ~ “Strong Truths Well Lived”