This week we’re bringing you a familiar face to the Bissonnet Campus, yet she has a new role. Meet our newest lead Lower Elementary teacher, Andrea Restrepo!
My name is Andrea, and I'm a Lower Elementary teacher. I was born in Colombia and lived in Venezuela many years before moving to the United States five years ago. I'm madly in love with books, dogs, and plants! When I'm not at school doing what I love, my husband and I run a media company; it's our baby. We love traveling and spending time outside with our lovely dog.
Why did you choose to work at Post Oak? (And how long have you worked here?)
I chose Post Oak because I wanted to learn more about the method from one of the best Montessori schools in the country. I enjoyed reading the reviews from parents and employees. I made that decision in 2017 and started working as a Lower Elementary assistant and Spanish teacher.
What does Post Oak’s saying “Challenge the Norm” mean to you?
“Challenge the Norm” is an invitation to challenge our own beliefs. It also means to think critically and make informed decisions.
How did you get started in your profession? How did you know you wanted to do this? What are you most proud of?
I've always been curious about how our brain works, how we make decisions, and especially, how we learn. I had my license as a psychologist in Venezuela. I had the opportunity to work with children at high risk in government facilities and juvenile detention centers. Then, I found my way to education when I decided that I wanted to be on the prevention side of most of society's problems.
How were you introduced to Montessori?
My grandfather was a Montessori child in Italy back in the 40s. To this day, he remembers how much he loved his school. Similarly, my husband was a Montessori child in Venezuela; my mother-in-law was his teacher!
When I was studying psychology, the Montessori philosophy made so much sense to me, so I chose to have an extra class focused on this pedagogy. Years later, I found Post Oak and started working as an assistant and Spanish teacher for three years. I completed my AMI training during three summers, and this will be my first year as a lead teacher.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of teaching?
One of the best parts of teaching is looking at children when they have instant insights about a lesson or when something I said sparks their curiosity. But my favorite part of being in a Montessori classroom is to see the children's progress in a three-year cycle.
Who or what inspires you? What has influenced you most in your work?
Children inspire me every day—their resilience, benevolence, curiosity for the most complex phenomena of the world, and yet, their love for the simplest things in life.