Reyn Hedger, Head of School and Lead Teacher

"Our goal is not merely to cause a child to understand and even less to force him to memorize, but rather to so touch his imagination so as to enthuse him to his inmost core."
--Maria Montessori

Reyn holds a Master in Education with Honors from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Religion from Cornell College.  She earned her Montessori Early Childhood credential from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 1999, and earned her Large Center Director Certification from the State of Colorado in 2007. Reyn completed her Montessori Administrator Credential from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 2017.  She has been teaching since 1993, with 6 years at Gateway before becoming Gateway's Head of School in 2013.

The quote above is what I love about Montessori education. The learning just happens as you help the child develop their sense of self, their independence, their sense and control of their body as well as their friendships. Dr. Montessori designed educational materials that draw the child's interest and lead the child to discover a principal. The materials are self correcting so that it is not up to the teacher to declare right or wrong, the child will make the discovery. The material, along with a very well thought out, prepared environment enable us to allow absolute freedom for the child within very clear limits. I just love to see the children's confidence and independence grow day by day.  We live in such a great time in history for education. As the experts are mapping children's brains and studying how children learn best, the results point right back to what Maria Montessori observed over 100 years ago. 

"It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."
--L. R. Knost