Meet Natalie Confer, our new Lower Elementary assistant in Andrea Restrepo’s class. She’s a proud graduate of the University of North Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with ESL certification. Her love for all things education led her to pursue a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, where she belongs to the class of 2021.
“This is my first year at Post Oak, and I am excited to start working with the students because it is truly the best thing about teaching.”
Why did you choose to work at Post Oak? (And how long have you worked here?)
The reason I chose The Post Oak School is due to the caring environment as well as the method of learning that takes place. I believe that students learn best when provided with hands-on, creative lessons.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of teaching? What’s the most challenging?
The best part of teaching is seeing the evolving of a child’s mind and the growth that occurs within learning. The most challenging part of teaching revolves around the creation of lesson plans and activities. I strive to create engaging lessons that will challenge students; however, at times it is difficult to develop lessons and activities that are memorable and engaging. This is why I always try to read up on new strategies and talk to different educators in order to learn more ways to engage students.
What’s your favorite part of working with children or adolescents? What makes a “good day” at school?
My favorite thing about working with children is watching their brain work and explore. I love to see how children take one object and make something new with it or see it differently than I do. The creative mind of a child is a wonderful experience to watch unfold, and I admire how excited students are to learn.
For me, a good day is when students have a fun day filled with laughter, engagement and learning.
How did you find out about Montessori?
This might sound cliché; however, I found out about Post Oak by simply looking up “best Montessori in Houston,” and this was the first one that stood out to me.
Who or what inspires you? What has influenced you most in your work?
Personally, my parents have inspired me and instilled the importance of hard work, dedication, and being kind to others. These are the three characteristics that I carry with me every day and influence my work.
What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies? What do you like about Houston?
In my free time I love to travel, take spontaneous road trips, and go on hikes. When I am not out and about, I love watching Netflix, baking chocolate chip cookies, and reading thriller novels.
I grew up in Houston but recently moved back after graduating college. I definitely missed the vibrant culture of Houston as well as the multitude of great food options.
Anything else we should know? Know any good jokes?
Fun fact: I speak fluent German and am currently learning Spanish as well.