My name is Cher Allison and I discovered Montessori in 2001 while researching educational experiences for my son. I fell in love with the philosophy, became an assistant at his school, went to training, and haven't looked back since. I graduated from UNR with a B.A. in psychology, summa cum laude, and did extensive graduate work in clinical psychology before transitioning to education. I obtained a Master's degree in Montessori Education from Loyola College, Maryland, and earned my Montessori diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 2005. This is my 14th year at High Desert Montessori School.
I have previously taught in both primary and lower elementary classrooms, and I currently work with elementary children in small groups throughout the day. We focus on strengthening skills in leadership, community, and social and emotional learning. I also give tours to prospective families and facilitate classroom observations.
It feels amazing to be a part of a community in which all members, adults and children alike, have the opportunity to work collaboratively and support each other in succeeding. My greatest passions are reading and cooking, and I enjoy singing and collecting unusual spices and scifi/fantasy books. If I wasn't a teacher, I probably would have tried out for American Idol.