Degrees and Certifications:
Minor: Vocational Education & Industry Training, UCF B.S. Photographic Technology, University of Central Florida (UCF) M.A. Elementary Education, Loyola University E1 & E2 Association Montessori Internationale Certified, Montessori Institute of Milwaukee.
Ms. Amanda Fraley
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence” -Dr. Maria Montessori
Hello, Friends, Families, Students, and Guardians,
I am excited to return to Crossroads Elementary this upcoming school year and see all your wonderful faces!! Montessori education is exciting, different, and rewarding! It provides students with opportunities to learn from their peers as the classroom is multi-age and multi-grade level. Therefore, after receiving my B.S. degree in Photographic Technology and a Minor in Vocational Education and Industry Training from the University of Central Florida I wanted to work with children and learn more about Montessori Education. Thus, I attended the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee and graduated with both my Upper and Lower Elementary certification in 2008. I stayed in Milwaukee, WI for a few years and taught in a Lower Elementary classroom (1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders). I then moved across the state and taught in an Upper Elementary classroom (4th, 5th, and 6th graders) for four years in River Falls, WI while acquiring my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University. I then transitioned from a Montessori classroom setting and into a traditional classroom in Alma, WI for the following five years. As I recently moved to Minnesota this past school year I have been blessed with the opportunities to teach rural, suburban, and urban elementary age children from all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. Thus, I believe my diverse teaching experiences have molded me into the loving and compassionate Montessori teacher I am today :)
When I am not focused on education you will find me hiking through the woods, gardening, cooking, fishing, golfing, and playing with my goldendoodle, Harley. I enjoy outdoor activities, and I like to stay active! I also LOVE to read; especially non-fiction books. Going back through my yearbooks when I was in elementary school (1990’s) these were my interests…..
Favorite Things :)
Book:The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Written by Jon Scieszka & Illustrated by Lane Smith.
Movie: The Sandlot
Sports Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Job: I want to be a dentist.