About Amanda & Rachel

Amanda Hess

Amanda grew up in the beautiful hills of West Virginia where she began her education in a primary Montessori school. She attended Berea College where she obtained her B.A. in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. After college, she spent time abroad as an Au pair before returning to Virginia where she came into contact with Montessori again. With a renewed interest in seeking to better understand the Montessori Method, she worked as an assistant in a primary environment. It was only after observing in an Elementary environment that she discovered this was clearly where she was meant to be. Amanda completed the AMI Elementary training at Washington Montessori Institute and received a M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland in 2011. In addition to a life-long love of Montessori, she also enjoys gardening, baking, hiking, learning to play ukulele, and swing dancing.

Rachel Pollock

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Rachel always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She attended Boston University and received an undergraduate degree in English Education, which led to work in the tutoring sector for at-risk youth in New York followed by a year teaching English in Japan. When a friend introduced her to a Montessori school in Manhattan, Rachel saw how happy the children were learning together and was hooked. She loves the child-driven Montessori philosophy and resulting student engagement. After working with toddlers for 3 years, including taking the Assistants to Infancy training in Denver and getting a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland, Rachel took her Primary training in Portland and switched to a new role as a Primary guide in a Spanish bi-lingual classroom at the same school in New York. Tired of the hustle and bustle in New York, she realized she wanted to make Denver home and convinced her husband and cat to relocate this summer. Rachel is thrilled to begin her time at Great Work Montessori School as Kindergarten Guide.
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