I grew up in a home of educators, so I wasn’t too surprised when I found myself in the field after graduating from college in 2013. My first experience with Montessori was in Charlotte, NC, where I worked as an adolescent guide, teaching math and humanities at Omni Montessori School. What began as a good opportunity blossomed into a deep respect of the transformative power of peace education. I loved that each day we worked: on the land, all together, with our hands and our heads, and for each other. I learned from some amazing colleagues and mentors, and from the adolescents themselves. In 2015, my school extended me the great opportunity to attend the NAMTA/AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Huntsburg, Ohio, and bring renewed insight and passion to my school. This past year, I decided to leave Charlotte to be closer to my family here in Louisville, where I’m excited to return to Montessori education. Guiding children through some of the most important years of human development is no small feat: thankfully, I’m in the company of an amazing group of Montessorians. I’m happy to be a part of the Magnolia Team!
diana tobias (she/her/hers)
I Grew up in St. Petersburg, FL where I taught swim lessons to toddlers which quickly became one of my favorite jobs. I moved to Louisville, KY around 2014 where I worked at the YMCA with Elementary and Middle School children and then got different jobs working at a couple of banks around town. I realized pretty quickly that banking was not for me. I wanted to do something that brought passion into my life. Being someone who had amazing teachers throughout school, I have always wanted to be able to have an impact on a child’s life. I really enjoy being able to watch children make new discoveries for themselves. As soon as I saw what a Montessori classroom looked like--the independence, curiosity, and potential that each child possesses--I knew wanted to be a part of the nurturing community that is Magnolia Montessori.
I am currently in my second year of college. I would eventually like to become a Psychotherapist. In my free time I enjoy long boarding, hiking, and spending time with my pets.