Hello to all!
My name is Louise Zigbuo-Tolbert, a graduate of academic year 2019-2020, MTCNE in Hartford, CT. My class cohort was in the midst of training at the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic and zoom sessions were a part of the end of our training year. During this stressful time, I was very fortunate to have had the support of these magnificent instructors Gretchen Hall and the then trainers in training Laurie Campiformio and Kay Urquhart. I made it with hard work and with their support not forgetting my wonderful cohort who have become family to me.
I have a daughter who is a Montessorian. She was the catalyst that kindled my interest in a child-centered education approach and a key steppingstone on the path of career in teaching for me. However, while working in this capacity, I realized I was lacking an overall, subject-specific knowledge and insight into the human mind and behavior. Therefore, I decided to pursue higher education, and this is where MTCNE came into play.
Although the traditional approach to learning is valuable and widely practiced by the public education delivery system, I believe in a real comprehensive child-centered approach to education; an approach that ultimately enhance students’ capabilities to achieve their fullest potential which originates when learning is structured to engage these core aspects of human development: cognitive, social, emotional, and physical. For this reason, the Montessori method of learning appeals to me. This educational approach proven success has been demonstrated globally.
I currently work as a Montessori Guide at the Hartford public schools and will be entering my second year as a Lead Guide. My goal as a Montessori Guide is to assist children in the learning process, nurturing a sense of curiosity so that they independently seek and apply new knowledge.
To share here’s one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Maria Montessori:
“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”