What it’s like to work as a Lead Teacher at a CA Montessori Children’s Center
We’re introducing some of the outstanding Teachers at our company-subsidized, on-site Montessori Centers, which CA has provided for the past 25 years in our larger global offices for the children and family members of our employees. This profile of one of our Montessori Lead Teachers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.
Diana Goshorn is a Lead Teacher for ages 0-3 at the Herndon, VA Montessori Center. She has been a teacher for 11 years, and has worked at CA for a total of six years. She has been in her current position for three years. She says her love of teaching started very early for her.
“When I was a child of 7 or 8, instead of going outside to play with my friends, I wanted to go to my neighbor’s house to feed her baby a bottle. When the child got older, they would let me babysit for short periods of time.”
In later years, Diana discovered that she had a knack for communicating with young children, so she decided to study Early Childhood Education.
When she’s not teaching, Diana likes to stay active.
“I work out at least once a week and more if possible. I also draw or paint. On the weekends, I love to go biking with my husband or just snuggle together to see a movie at home.”
An average day
Diana starts her day at 8:05 a.m., when she arrives and begins greeting her pupils and their parents and talking briefly about how the previous night was. When the parents leave, she proceeds to feed or change the infants as needed. If she has an assistant, one of them works with the more independent children while the other works with the youngest infants.
“We are very attuned to each child and know their particular patterns so we can meet their needs moment by moment. Although we have a guiding schedule, we are flexible to accommodate each child at this age.”
The rest of the day “goes by between feedings, changing diapers, singing, dancing, reading books, providing a lot of language, napping, and as much laughter as possible.” Diana’s day ends at 5:05 p.m.
The best part of the job?
Diana says her favorite part of the job is the joy she shares with the children.
“For the most part, I am greeted each day with wide smiles and warm hugs. I feel so fortunate to start each day that way!”
She also loves the physical environment at the center.
“The physical environment at this center is beautiful. I have seen many daycare centers that look gloomy and overcrowded. Thanks to CA’s vision, we can offer the children and their parents a bright and happy place each day… My classroom is my home … I strive to make it happy and peaceful.”
“During the first three years of life, children internalize unconsciously the foundations for beauty and order, among other human tendencies. Thus, it is critical to have and maintain a beautifully prepared environment. I take that to heart.”
Teachers at our Montessori centers enjoy the full range of CA Technologies benefits.
“CA’s benefits are great because they are corporate benefits. A lot of the daycare centers cannot provide any benefits. I am most grateful for my 401k, and the flexible time,” said Diana.
CA’s tuition assistance and flexible time also helped Diana finish her AMI Montessori training.
We asked Diana what she would tell teachers about working in a Montessori school sponsored by a tech company, as opposed to a more traditional setting.
“First, I would tell them to think about the benefits as part of a well-rounded salary. Second, the fact that CA offers an AMI Montessori curriculum, which is a child-centered approach to education, allows us as teachers to really observe each child as a whole person and scientifically apply our knowledge to our practice in innovative ways.”
“I want to express my gratitude to CA, to my boss, Danielle Stoessel, and to all my coworkers here at the Herndon center for making each day a wholesome and growing experience for me. They say that when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I absolutely vouch for that because that is how I feel about working here.”