M.Ed., Loyola College in Maryland, Association Montessori International Elementary (6-12 Montessori)
Washington Montessori Institute, AMI Elementary Montessori Diploma
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Theater arts with Departmental Honors
Additional studies in Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Nadia Tarnawsky and David Brown (Cleveland Institute of Music), as well as Dr. Anabelle Joseph and Dr. Marta Sanchez (Carnegie Mellon University)
Musical Director and Orchestrator for World Premier of Becoming George in Washington, D.C.
Served as a Teacher Associate for the BotaniCool Field Study Pilot Program: What's Alive? Who's a Plant for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Ohio Arts Council Artist Project Grant Recipient for Dance-Theater Production of Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors
Presenter in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Suzuki Workshop held at Cleveland State University
Developed theater curriculum for high school students in a "college for kids" program at the University of South Dakota
I was introduced to Montessori while working as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics Specialist in Cleveland. When the school grew large enough to start a second lower elementary classroom I was asked if I would like to be trained in the Montessori Method and begin a startup elementary classroom at the school. After five years of observing the growth of these particular children and this very lovely school as a part of the support staff I jumped at the opportunity.
Previous Work Experience:
Montessori Teacher since 2003, Teacher in general since 1995
Children's Meeting House (Substitute Teacher)
Queen of Angels Montessori School (Substitute Teacher)
The Montessori School at Holy Rosary, Cleveland, OH
Music Faculty and Theater Faculty at the Fairmount Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
Dean of Fine Arts/Instructor for the South Dakota Governors Camp for the Gifted and the South Dakota Ambassador's of Excellence Summer Program at the University of South Dakota
What I Love about CMH:
I really enjoyed my year as a substitute teacher at Children's Meeting House. I spent time in each classroom and subbed for each of the teachers from pre-primary through seniors! What a phenomenal opportunity to observe this lovely school, its staff, and its children. I knew that this was a place that I wanted to be a part of after my move to Cincinnati. The grounds of the school are a particular draw--what a wonderful environment in which to offer the Montessori curriculum.
Karen Whitlock, Junior North Classroom
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Wright State, Montessori certification from Xavier University, working to complete Masters in Montessori Education from Xavier University.
Long term sub positions at Franklin Montessori (part of Dayton Public Schools) and Mercy Montessori.
CMH since 2008.
I am proud of the work I have done over the last decade teaching children and adults to swim and be safe around water. I am also proud of the more recent work I have been doing to train lifeguards and teach them the skills needed to save lives.
What I Love about CMH:
I fell in love with the CMH grounds long before working here. I went on a retreat to Grailville just as I was beginning my Montessori training. I remember sitting on the front porch of the house I was staying in, looking at the school grounds, and telling a friend of mine, “I want to work there.” Since I have begun working here, I have come to enjoy my coworkers as both knowledgeable professionals, and as wonderful people.