Heather Spear

DI­REC­TOR AND OWNER

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators -

As the di­rec­tor and owner of North­wood Montes­sori Plus! for the last 25 years, Heather Spear has the on­go­ing op­por­tu­nity to spend time with many young chil­dren be­tween the ages of one and a half and six years old. “These are beau­ti­ful ages be­cause our stu­dents are so ex­cited and ready to learn,” she says. “They are like sponges. It is so easy to have fun with them and their progress is so quick and amaz­ing. As well, they are very lov­ing and give great hugs and kisses!” As a teacher and ed­u­ca­tor, Spear’s goal has al­ways been to fa­cil­i­tate the teach­ing of oth­ers in or­der to help them learn how to learn for them­selves. When teach­ing, she says it is vi­tal to take into ac­count each in­di­vid­u­als’ needs based on their ages, abil­i­ties, past ex­pe­ri­ences, per­son­al­i­ties, cul­tures and in­ter­ests. “Chil­dren need re­spect, un­der­stand­ing, em­pa­thy and love to pros­per,” she says. “They are ca­pa­ble of so much when al­lowed to grow and learn in a trust­ing, stim­u­lat­ing, happy en­vi­ron­ment.” Her big­gest plea­sure is to visit one of North­wood’s class­rooms wit­ness­ing teach­ers and chil­dren learn­ing to­gether in an at­mos­phere of car­ing and

en­cour­age­ment.

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