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
Sally Ness Elementary Teacher, English
Ms. Sally started at Intercultural in 2014. She grew up in Greenville, Ohio and now lives in Oak Park with her husband and young sons Oliver and Theodore. They are excited to welcome a little girl into the family this December. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Post Baccalaureate in Education - English as a New Language. She has over nine years of teaching experience with students grades 1-7. Ms. Sally completed her Montessori Elementary Certification for students aged (6-12 years) in 2018. Outside of school, you will likely find her with a book, enjoying the outdoors, running, or going on adventures with her family.
Jamie Homan Elementary 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.
Yolimar Barrientos-Colon Elementary Teacher, Spanish
Ms. Yolimar Barrientos Colon is originally from Puerto Rico. She graduated from Universidad Metropolitana in Bayamon with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Yolimar joined Intercultural Montessori as an Elementary Spanish teacher in 2018. Before joining Intercultural, she had been working as a teacher for 14 years; 11 years in a private school setting and three years in a public school. Ms. Yolimar is very passionate about her work because, through teaching, she can see each child’s creativity. She sees the progress of her students, and that every day, they are more interested in a subject. Helping her students learn about themselves and the world is her continued motivation to work as a teacher.