Featuring Lauren Franchek
3-6 Class of 2011-2012
Where are you now?
Creo Montessori – A Montessori Community
What position do you currently hold?
Assistant Head of School
What did you enjoy most about training?
Training at SIMS was the ultimate gift. I embarked on a transformational Montessori journey, and it gave me a deep introspective outlook on all aspects of life in general. SIMS made me a better educator and a better human.
After completing my AMI Primary training ten years ago, I have been fortunate to have completed the Elementary Orientation and the A to I Orientation trainings at SIMS as well as a potpourri of continued education courses. Having completed AMI trainings at other U.S. training centers as well, I can attest that SIMS is unlike any other training center. The benevolent yet prolific training team at SIMS creates space for safety and belonging; students become their best selves for the children they serve.
How has SIMS benefited you in the last 10 years?
Beyond receiving a top-notch AMI training that propelled me into a fulfilling career as a teacher and administration, I found community at SIMS. My training buddies have become lifelines throughout my teaching career and administrative career. I feel that I have an entire community of diverse yet kindred spirited professionals in my corner.
After completing my initial training at SIMS, I spent seven rewarding years as a Primary Guide and helped to pioneer Creo School. As the years seemingly flew by, I found myself on the precipice of infusing Montessori theory and practice into adult development and dove into the world of leadership. I never expected to find a career in a community imbued with such passion and embrace of Dr. Montessori’s message: “We can only better humanity through the child.” I attribute my success to the strong foundation I constructed at SIMS.