Lincoln Montessori House teaching more than students
teachers set for certification
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[August 29, 2008]
The Lincoln Montessori House does more than
just teach students. It also teaches adults how to become teachers
in the Montessori system.
Pictured from left to right: Bethany
Vickers, founder of the Lincoln Montessori House; Kristina Cook and
Laura Schafer, teachers; and young Payton Cook.
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Bethany Vickers, a 30-year Montessori educational professional and
the founder of the Lincoln Montessori House, currently has two young
women on their way to being certified.
They are Kristina Cook, age
25, from Lincoln, and Laura Schafer, 39, a resident of Greenview.
Cook, born and raised in Lincoln, will be finishing up her
studies this semester at Lincoln Christian College with a bachelor's
in general ministries and expects to work on a master's in teaching.
She has interned at the Lincoln Montessori House as part of her
The mother of 3-year-old Payton, Cook says she intends to
continue a teaching career and believes in the Montessori system.
Although a Lincoln native, Cook has her eyes on moving somewhere
warmer, and the Montessori certificate will be invaluable wherever
she ends up.
"The teaching certificate from Montessori is accepted at every
Montessori school throughout the country. Unlike most state school
systems, which require you to become certified in their district, I
can start a job anywhere I end up without worrying about spending
the time getting certified," Cook elaborated.
Although Cook prefers a warmer climate, she has nothing but the
warmest regards for her mentor Bethany Vickers. "This has been a
great experience working and learning from Bethany," she said.
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Schafer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and she too
will receive her certificate at the end of the year. A former
special education substitute teacher in the Springfield Public
School system, Schafer also finds enjoyment and satisfaction in
using the Montessori system. She had some experience in seeing the
Montessori system firsthand but didn't think she could become
involved at first because of distance. "I was elated to find a
Montessori House in Lincoln. Otherwise the nearest locations were in
Chicago or Saint Louis, and that would be too far to commute. That
just wouldn't work with my own 3-year-old," Schafer stated.
Cook and Schafer agree that Montessori allows a child to use their
natural enthusiasm and inquisitiveness to create an interesting and
enjoyable learning experience. Both also agree that this is how they
want their children to be educated. The classes are smaller, there
is no peer pressure, and teachers are there to help students advance
by helping children as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age
group, which is very much like the society they will live in as
Although the current semester is beginning, Vickers advised that
parents who wish more information about the Lincoln Montessori House
and its program, or who want to enroll their child, can still
contact her at 217-737-1463.
The house is located at 406 Keokuk St., across from the Lincoln
[By MIKE FAK]
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