Continuing the introduction of new members of our Villa di Maria community, we are so pleased to have you meet Damia Smith who joins Ms. Braud in P2!
Describe your educational background.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a specialization in metalsmithing, a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts in metalsmithing.
How/when did you become interested in Montessori education?
I worked as a part time assistant at Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, KS for a year and a half. I had no idea how Montessori worked before this.
What has been the BEST part of your Montessori experience so far?
I just love seeing the children do things on their own that society at large does not think children are capable of doing at that age. It’s wonderful and magical to see.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your time at VdM?
I enjoy hanging out with my dog, walking, running, hiking, etc. I also spend a lot of time making art, mostly via sewing lately.
If you were to plan a most perfect, relaxing weekend day, what would it entail?
I would go camping and hiking with my close friends and my dog.
What is something you look forward to this coming school year?
I look forward to getting to know all the children and staff and feeling like part of the family at Villa di Maria.
Book: Jane Eyre
Type of music: Indie, folk
Song: Too many, no way I can choose
If you had to choose ONE:
Rain or Snow: Rain
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Morning or Night: Morning
Ocean or Lake: Ocean
Dog or Cat: Dog
Talk or Listen: Listen
Walk or Run: Walk
Save or Spend: Save
Bike or Swim: Bike
Salt or Pepper: Pepper
Realistic Fiction or Fantasy: Fantasy
Summer or Winter: Summer
New York or California: California
Cook or Dine Out: Cook