Before I started working at Corner of Hope, I was a business lady. I was informed by a friend that there would be interviews for teacher training. I used to be a Sunday school teacher in my local church and I always had a passion for teaching, so I went to the interview and got selected as one of the trainees.
After being displaced at New Canaan, parents were lost on where to take their children. There were no schools nearby and they had no money to pay fees for private schools.
The first period of teaching was challenging. We were working with the children in the morning and went to training in the afternoon. We only had a few materials to work with, we had no toilets and the classrooms were set up in tents, as the building had not been constructed yet. The wind would blow our materials away, and we had to pack our materials at the end of every day as there was no secure place to leave them overnight.
The children immediately responded well to the Montessori Method as they were shown how to use the materials. At first, the parents were complaining that their children were just wasting their time playing with materials. In response to these complaints, the head teacher called for a parent meeting to present and explain the Montessori method. This is when they saw the importance of Montessori education and started to appreciate it.