Paulo Freire is a Spanish/English elementary class at Intercultural Montessori Chicago campus. It is named after a Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy. Freire is best known for his attack on what he called the “banking” concept of education, in which the student was viewed as an empty account to be filled by the teacher. Paulo Freire, like Maria Montessori, believed that educators should collaborate with the innate nature of the child to learn and reach their full potential. “It transforms students into receiving objects. It attempts to control thinking and action, leads men and women to adjust to the world, and inhibits their creative power” — Paulo Freire
Jamie HomanElementary Teacher, English
Ms. Jamie began teaching at Intercultural in 2014 and had six years of teaching experience before joining the school. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern University in Chicago and has received her Montessori certification, for students in both lower and upper elementary. Ms. Jamie has worked with both Spanish and Chinese lower elementary students at Intercultural. She is very passionate about educating children according to the Montessori principles and is thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that help them become citizens of the world. Throughout the school year, Ms. Jamie also works at an animal hospital, where she adopted her two cats: Bonnie and Clyde.
Marlene GalvezLead Teacher
Ms. Marlene is originally from Santa Ana, El Salvador and has been living in Chicago for 12 years. Ms. Marlene received her Bachelor’s degree in Legal Sciences from Universidad Evangelical of El Salvador. Ms. Marlene completed her Montessori Early Childhood Certification from the American Montessori Society through Seton Montessori Institute, and she is currently in the process of getting her Association Montessori International Elementary Diploma through the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. Ms. Marlene has worked with young children in various capacities for more than 12 years and brings Intercultural her passion for Montessori education. She is also an Intercultural parent as her daughter is currently in the Paulo Freire elementary classroom. Ms. Marlene joined Intercultural Montessori in 2017. She enjoys working with children because of their wonder and joy in learning something new. In her spare time, she loves to bake and visit national parks.