The very best part of Villa di Maria is our people. Our community of families, faculty and staff is something to be proud of. In this series, We are VdM, we’ll highlight the energies, talents, humor and wisdom of some of our amazing people. Today, we’ll meet Jessica, Daniel, Aria and Adalyn Jacoby. The Jacobys joined VdM last year—Aria in Mrs. Steinman’s Children’s House, and Jessica and Adalyn in our Parent-Child course. This year Adalyn joined us full time in Mrs. McAuley’s Children’s House.
Villa di Maria: Tell us a bit about you and your family.
Jessica: Dan and I are St. Louis natives and currently live in Ballwin. We met in high school. I went to St. Joseph’s Academy and Dan went to Chaminade. We both attended college in Arizona and were married there, before returning back home to St. Louis to raise our family. Aria will be turning 5 years old next month and is in P3. She loves gymnastics and anything related to art. Watercolor painting is her favorite! Adalyn will be turning 3 next month and is in P1. She loves helping me cook and playing with our two fun-loving Labradors, Brody and Layla. We are counting down the days until baby girl #3 arrives this summer!
VdM: How did you find Montessori and what brought you to VdM?
Jessica: I became intrigued with the Montessori method when Aria was an infant and even practiced some in our home. When it was time to start researching education options for Aria, we knew we wanted a hands-on experience that fosters independence and a lifelong love for learning. I had gone on a lot of tours and spent hours researching schools and none of them felt like a good fit for our family. After taking a tour of VdM, and visiting with Laura for over 2.5 hours, we felt right at home and knew this was the perfect place for our girls.
VdM: What is your favorite activity to do as a family?
Jessica: We love exploring outside and going hiking. We also love taking advantage of all the amazing attractions St. Louis has to offer, frequently visiting the zoo, botanical gardens and science center. When we aren’t going on adventures, we love baking cookies, watching movies and playing games together.
VdM: What do you and your spouse do, career-wise?
Jessica: I am a graphic designer and own my own shop called Paprika Paperie, which specializes in customized wine and beer bottle labels, invitations, and paper goods for all of life’s special occasions. You can check it out on Etsy here.
Daniel works at Malikso Engineering in downtown St. Louis as a consultant for the process manufacturing industry. Currently he advises some of the largest dairy manufacturers in the country.
VdM: A question specifically for Aria and Adalyn: What is your favorite animal and why?
Aria: I love unicorns because they poop rainbows and have horns.
Adalyn: I like giraffes! Because they are big
Thank you, Jessica, Daniel, Aria and Adalyn! We are so happy that your (growing) family is a part of ours.
Photos provided by the Jacoby family.