Montessori Assistant & Extended Day
To Montessori Assistant and Extended Day Teacher, Hannah Lovejoy, learning and teaching are twin pursuits, inextricably linked. “I love being with children and helping them grow in their sense of competence, and I love learning from their curiosity and enjoyment of life,” she says. Miss Lovejoy earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Spanish and Psychology with a minor in Education from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and spent one year in Madrid, Spain, during her studies.
As she combined her own love of wilderness adventure with her desire to work with students, Miss Lovejoy became a trip leader for students and a wilderness educator to staff and parents in a variety of programs in Maine. Often this work entailed teaching team building, decision making, and communication skills. Having devoted time working at Wavus Camp for Girls, she points out the benefits to girls who participate in such activities, saying, “When girls come together, they often become more confident.”
Before coming to Green Hedges, Miss Lovejoy taught students at all grade levels in a Portland, ME private school. “Even the youngest children gain a sense of place when using the outdoors as a classroom,” she says, adding that hands-on, experiential education makes learning particularly exciting. Thinking about the youngest Green Hedges students, Miss Lovejoy says, “The Montessori approach is great for kids because it helps students become independent and gives them an opportunity to grow into a wide variety of skills.”
In her time away from work, Miss Lovejoy enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and exploring new places.