Director / lead teacher
Montessori Certified for ages 3-6 by the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
I learned about Montessori education when I worked in the summer extended care program at Richmond Montessori School in Virginia. I was captivated by the peaceful, orderly, inviting environment where children were free to work comfortably with activities they chose. When my daughter got to preschool age, the closest Montessori school was an hour’s drive away. We made it work for the three years of the early childhood program; at the time it was more practical to commute than to try to get the training and start a local program.
In the spring of 2017 circumstances allowed me to enroll in CGMS’s early childhood training, which I completed in January 2019. The program included a 120-hr summer residency at Community Montessori in New Albany, IN, a year’s supervised internship at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy in South Bend (a magnet program of South Bend Schools), and eight modules of distance learning through video lectures and demonstrations, practicum assignments, papers and presentations, forum discussions, and video chats. The program is MACTE accredited.
During the 2018-2019 school year I worked as an early childhood assistant at Chesterton Montessori School, with additional responsibility for a small group of full day students in the afternoons.
Besides Montessori, my interests and activities include music (singing, playing the pipe organ and hammered dulcimer), theology and spiritual practice, friends, and family (including the cat).
My name is Jessica Peterson. I live in Mentone, Indiana with my husband, Trenton. My interests are cattle, reading, and spending time with my family. I worked at KinderCare in Warsaw for a year as a toddler teacher. I would also cover in the preschool room when we needed coverage. I’m excited to interact with the kids at Little Way Montessori School.
Laura Ricketts is a certified history teacher and mom of her own. For the last ten years she has been writing articles on textiles and teaching knitting and crochet on the national level. As her three kids are out of the nest now, she is very excited to be able to interact with and help yours at Little Way Montessori School. She lives in Rochester, IN with her husband, Chris.