My Story as an Educator

JILL DIANNE BITTINGER

Jill Dianne Bittinger has been a Multicultural Arts Educator for 10 years and  Montessori Lead for 15 years. Deeply committed towards a vision of education as a  multifold process that must touch hearts as well as minds honoring emotions in the  process, she is currently working on a book. Transformed Education: The Role of  Soul.
Jill Dianne states: My current position as a Montessori Educator serves  my passion to ignite the love of learning in all ages. I consciously cultivate social/ emotional intelligence in conjunction with academic development. I enjoy working with  a dynamic, creative team to make a positive difference. My career reflects a lifetime of  exploration and contribution to that which can lift us to our highest selves—integrating  mind, body and Soul.  Beginning in New York as an Arts Educator and Dance performer, I witnessed the  powerful role the Arts can play to connect with Self and Others in the Educational  process. Developing as a Montessori Educator illumined the precious years available in  Early Education. Such years are ripe to illicit independence, a strong  desire to learn, a sense of wonder in considering the immensity of the universe and our  place within it. Working in the Mexican Caribbean at Modern Academy Cancun  facilitated becoming bilingual and growing in cultural understanding. It is my pleasure to  work within the life theme of building bridges to honor our interconnectivity.
I have devoted my life towards understanding education of the Whole Human Being  and perfecting my pedagogy in the mind/body/spirit connection. With a BA in  Psychology, MA in Dance Education from UCLA, AZ Teaching Certification and  Montessori Certification in both Primary and Elementary, I have come to more deeply  value the importance of the whole child and to celebrate the pathway of lifelong  learning. As a Montessori Lead, I’ve become a passionate advocate for the hands-on  learning, whole child approach, peace and cosmic education that are central to this  path and advocate these elements in public school environments.
There is a calling to  nurture the Light Within, develop emotional intelligence, and connect children to their  own wonder in the immensity of our cosmos. For the true change necessary to take  place in education, collaboration is key. Inspired educators elevate and motivate  students. Inspired students elevate their community. I hold the Vision for a  hopeful tomorrow. Energized, creative Individuals of all ages and  races cultivating their unique set of talents and perspectives, empowered to share in  the context of community to resolve the pressing issues of today.
Unity, Community, You and Me For Humanity
Parenting as a call for Vision
Having the privilege of becoming a mother to this beautiful boy gave me a whole new commitment towards the future. It is his presence in my life that led me to discover Montessori Education. I found there a treasure trove of children and their parents that are deeply committed to the vision of health and beauty for our planet and its people.
Envisioning a World in Harmony

The power of Collective vision

At the time I took this photo in Denver International Airport, the images of unity, harmony, peace, and regeneration of the Earth’s living treasures was in stark contrast to the other road of destruction. The art of both forced us to consider the dichotomy of thriving vs. surviving that we face today. This image of Life that I choose to empower and to advocate holds the vision of full health of the planet and unity of its people. It is a vision that can only take place through the power of our collective Presencing to this vision of a hopeful tomorrow.

Honoring the Whole Child

Jill Dianne Bittinger has been a Multicultural Arts Educator for 10 years and  Montessori Lead for 15 years. Deeply committed towards a vision of education as a  multifold process that must touch hearts as well as minds honoring emotions in the  process, she is currently working on a book. Transformed Education: The Role of  Soul.

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