The fourth oldest of thirteen children, Ms. Her grew up taking care of her younger siblings, and knew, at a young age, that she wanted to work with children. She has been fortunate to work with children almost her entire working life, and in the field of education/child development since 2000; coming to Fountainhead as Director Admissions in 2012, and becoming Director of Schools in 2016.
Ms. Her worked at Child Development Inc., from 2003 to 2012, starting as a teacher, and was then promoted to Master Teacher, Assistant Site Supervisor, and then Site Supervisor. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development with a minor in Psychology (2008). Although her previous work covered child development programs serving preschool and school-aged children (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade), to ensure a well-grounded grasp of her duties at Fountainhead, Ms. Her also holds her Pre-Primary Montessori Credential from Fountainhead’s accredited Teacher Training Program (Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education, or FMAE).
What has guided her career since the beginning though, was, starting in high school, taking a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) class called “Working with Children.” She realized then that teaching elementary grades in a public school setting, would not be a match: The course brought home the frustration these students felt with the rigid nature of this setting, and the frustration teachers felt at being enforcers, rather than educators. After that, during high school and college, she also worked at the YMCA’s before and after school care, in addition to a state preschool.
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