- Class of 2019
- Program Montessori Education
Heather Becker is a graduate student in Loyola’s Montessori Education program who also holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of California at Davis. Heather grew up in Oakland, Calif., and worked as an event planner before she had children. When her daughter entered a Montessori school, Heather found herself drawn to the program’s sense of community and became a parent volunteer—and was encouraged by the school’s director to become a teacher herself. “With Montessori training, I hope to have something for myself apart from my family: a focus, a purpose, and goal of helping others through education,” she says. “Having the confidence and ability to make a career change at this point in my life is a gift.” In the Montessori program through Loyola's School of Education, Heather takes core classes at a training center in Georgia, where she lives. She next looks forward to working with parents and children in early childhood Montessori-based development workshops. “I would not be able to further my educational goals with Loyola were it not for the flexibility they offer students around our country,” says Heather.
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Through this process, I have truly seen what I am capable of doing in a way that I hadn't before. This experience has given me strength and belief that I can accomplish whatever I put my energies into, both now and in the future.