Magnolia Blossom Montessori is launching a primary program serving children ages 3-6 in the fall of 2020. We are thrilled to be able to provide continuity of care and education in our unique setting that serves the whole child, family, and Teacher Leaders.
I AM melinda kozo (she/her/hers)
Teacher Leader in Primary I grew up in Hungary. My mother is a teacher, and since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher too. My poor little sister had to be my student all the time! After a bilingual Hungarian-Italian high-school, I earned two Master's degrees - in History and in German - from the University of Szeged (Hungary). After graduating, I worked as a German translator for two years. In 2002, my husband and I came to the US for his PhD program. In the years that followed, I gave birth to my two daughters and took care of my family. I first learned about the Montessori method as a parent, when my younger daughter went to Kenwood Montessori School in 2010. I fell in love with it and started working at Kenwood in 2012; in the first two years as an office assistant and an assistant teacher, then from 2014 as a Montessori teacher in a 3-6 classroom. In 2013 I started my Montessori training, and in 2015, I earned my AMS/MACTE Montessori Teacher Certification (3-6) through the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Teacher Education.
I am so excited to join the Magnolia Blossom Montessori staff and be a part of the extremely important work that Magnolia Blossom Montessori has been doing in the field of early childhood education!
I AM brooklyn mcclure (she/her/hers)
Teacher Leader in Primary
I grew up in Southern Indiana/Louisville Kentucky. I was a Montessori student for 12 years. I graduated from Community Montessori School in 2014. I decided I would become a Montessori teacher at 13 and never looked back! During my time there, I completed 1 entrepreneurship and 4 internships, one of the internships was spent with a 3-6 studio. My son’s name is Graham, and he is a 5 year old Montessori student. I worked at Kenwood Montessori School from 2016-2020 as the Aftercare Teacher, then as a Primary Co-Teacher with Melinda Kozo. During my time there, I completed many professional development workshops, including intro certifications in parent/child interaction therapy, children's yoga, and positive discipline training. I attended Primary Montessori training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and graduated in 2019. In 2019 at Cincinnati’s Montessori conference, we found Wildflower Montessori and fell in love! After a lot of discussion and preparation, we decided that we would join Magnolia Montessori, to expand into a sustainable two studio micro-school. In 2020, I will be working to earn my Child Development Associates Degree. I am so excited to start this new chapter of my Montessori life with Magnolia Blossom Montessori school and look forward to expanding my knowledge as an educator, among the families of Magnolia’s equitable community.