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Hi, my name is Nadia Kirsch and I am currently graduating from Tampa Preparatory School with honors.  I was accepted and have committed to Scripps College in Claremont, California.  As a graduation requirement, all students at Tampa Prep do a two week long internship.  When I found out about this assignment, I knew right away that I wanted to complete it at Palm Harbor Montessori Academy.

I attended Palm Harbor Montessori from the time I was two years old in the Toddler House through graduation from the New Middle School.  Growing up, I was inspired by all my teachers at PHMA.  I wanted to learNadia little girl picn how the teachers inspire the children.  Interning at Palm Harbor would allow me to see the teachers in action.  My plan is to become a Montessori teacher after I graduate.

My experience during my internship really reaffirmed my desire to be a Montessori teacher.  I spent my first week in one of the primary classrooms with Ms. Ale, and my second week in a junior elementary class with Ms. V., as well as spending some time in Ms. Mina’s primary class.  I had a wonderful time throughout my two weeks.  It was a great opportunity to learn, help out and get a feel of what I could potentially be doing in the future.  The children were well-behaved and knew their materials very well.

Throughout my senior year, I tutored at a public school in Tampa.   The change in scenery to a Montessori school was a delight and the children were a pleasure.  The teachers I interacted with all made me feel comfortable and made it a very welcoming and friendly environment.  It was such a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to come back and visit PHMA soon!