Three years ago, during a visit to San Diego, Emilie (pictured left) met Gilberto (pictured right), and found in him, a partner for life. Soon after, she returned to the United States to marry Gil. Emilie is passionate about teaching children and she spent several years doing so in Paris and Montreal. Upon her arrival, she obtained her teaching certification here in San Diego, in order to begin teaching in her new hometown. A year after getting settled in San Diego, Emilie and Gil welcomed their son Mateo (pictured center), another driving force in their desire to create this home-based school!
Emilie learned of the Montessori method while teaching in France and Canada. Her younger sister also attended a Montessori school, and she was impressed with its impact. “I watched my sister blossom and witnessed such growth and independence in her,” she shared. Emilie and Gil were initially motivated by a desire to provide a learning environment for their son. “We really believe in a peaceful environment where children can learn life skills and grow up to be independent and productive,” said Emilie. The idea to set up a French Montessori school made sense to Emilie and Gil, seeing as Emilie is fluent in French and English and that it will be the first French Montessori School in San Diego.
“She says she wants a big family,” Gil shared with a smile. Emilie is on track to have just that, as when the school opens in September, Emilie will have six students between the ages of two and four in her home. The plan is to hire a teaching assistant next year and have as many as 12 students in her program.
A loan of $7,000 helps Emilie to purchase Montessori materials for her school and upgrade her home to house the school.