Montessori Directress Morgan Heill was attracted to the philosophy of the Montessori method because, she says, “We support children in a way that challenges them and allows them to progress at their individual rate.” Having begun her teaching career in Thailand, Ms. Heill appreciated coming to Green Hedges, which has a diverse community and teaches world languages to all, including the youngest students. After working as a Montessori Assistant on campus, Ms. Heill attended the Montessori Academy at Belmont Green in Ashburn, VA, earning the title of Directress.
Ms. Heill says she particularly likes working with the 3 to 6 age group, and working in a three-year cycle with them. She points out that, “The older children become leaders, and the youngest ones can model themselves on the older ones.” She values introducing the youngest ones to the Montessori process of learning through discovery, and guiding the oldest ones in doing challenging projects during afternoon Kindergarten, a time that allows her to create a special bond with them.
The bond Ms. Heill forms with her students continues even after they leave Montessori. She coaches older students in cross-country running and basketball, along with coaching the Dragon Runners, a team composed of girls from Grade 1 and up. Ms. Heill has training in the Responsive Classroom method used at Green Hedges, an approach that is compatible with Montessori that she incorporates into all facets of her work with the students.
When she is not teaching, Ms. Heill enjoys hiking, skiing, and scuba diving.