Hi All - I recently said hello in the introduction forum, and now I'm here! I've recently been hired on as a Teacher's Assistant/Daycare Teacher in a great Montessori School! Our school runs from Toddler - Kindergarten with afterschool daycare until 6pm. Our toddler class is split into two groups - My class is 18m - 2.5. Then the kids move into the next toddler class until they are ready for preschool. School is from 9am-3:30pm. My lead is in the room from 7am (morning daycare) until 3:30pm, when we switch to evening Daycare and I take over the few leftover children who stay on until 6. I combine my group with the assistant from the older group for those last few hours. I am having a lot of fun. My lead teacher is really great - her mother was a Montessori teacher, so she grew up in the same schools we're in right now. I'm learning a ton about the Montessori Method from her, and it's only my second day! Everyone has been great, and really patient with me knowing that I'm new to Montessori, and new to working in a school in general. (I recently got out of Accounting to pursue teaching). The toddler group is a bit more challenging than I anticipated, but I'm already in love with all of my kids and I'm really glad I have this age group right now. I'm currently going back to school at 27 to teach! I'm at a 2 year school right now, majoring in Early Childhood Development. My plans are to have my 12 ECE units at the end of 2006, get an AS in ECD and then get a four year degree. (Elem Edu perhaps). I am still torn on teaching Montessori for a career, or in an inner-city elementary school. I adore Montessori, but I also want to help where help (and teachers that care) are needed most. My plan for now is to get Cred, get Montessori Certified, and perhaps take some Montessori -inspired teaching to some high risk kids. We'll see. For now, I'm loving what I do, and excited to learn more from my school and all of you! I'll probably ask a ton of questions!