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 Lucy Sappington, assistant in the Lower Elementary Checkerboard classroom. We are thrilled Lucy joined our team this Fall! Her encouraging, peaceful presence and theatrical background contribute immensely to her students and the entire community.
How did you discover Montessori/How did you come to VdM?
I saw the job opening! I had some awareness of the Montessori method before applying, and I did some more research before my interview. I really loved the idea of allowing children more freedom and choice in their own education, which led me to apply.
What is something you love about Montessori?
I love that the children are encouraged to follow their interests. I love hearing a child express interest in a topic and then getting to say “Let’s find out more about it!”
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
I always try to find time on the weekends to do some reading. It relaxes me like nothing else in the world! I also always try to find time to spend with my friends—I’m an extrovert and would suffer without my social interaction.
What was your favorite book as a child and why?
As a child one of my absolute favorite books was the Secret Garden. In fact, it’s still one of my favorite books. I’m a huge believer in the healing power of fresh air and nature!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child I was totally convinced that I would become a famous actress some day! I still do community theatre so really…there’s still a chance, right?
What is a favorite memory/quote so far with one of your students?
I have gotten the chance to help “produce” two different student-written plays, which is SO fun. I love theatre and improv so I love helping students discover their own dramatic side.
Word on the street is she does the best dramatic readings for read aloud every day in her classroom! Thanks for all you do, Lucy! We’re so glad you’re here!