I was born in a very remote place in Nandi county. When I was young, a child was promoted to the primary school (now called the Elementary school), only if the right hand could go above the head then down to the left ear. Doing so and touching the ear was a precious moment.
My early childhood teacher used to give me the responsibility of teaching the other children before she arrived each day. I was also entrusted with the responsibility of making the classroom in order, including dusting the teacher's chair and table, and guiding others to sweep the classroom. These tasks made me feel confident, like I was the teacher. As a student, I was allowed to feel self-reliant and independent by experiences such as this one. I am now a mentor teacher and the school head at the Corner of Hope Montessori schools in Kenya, and I still think about the responsibilities my own teacher gave me when I serve as a Montessori classroom directress.