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Nora Cruden, Ms. Nora, making a difference through teaching
For the past 25 years, Nora Cruden, or Ms. Nora as the children call her, has been making a difference in our community through her teaching at Kinderhaus Montessori Preschool. She teaches her students to love learning and enjoy being at school. This is an important lesson they carry with them for the rest of their lives. “Children’s curiosity and the discoveries they make add up to many little rewards that keep me engaged and inspired,” she says.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Psychology, Cruden volunteered in a Montessori three- and four-year-old classroom at a local school. She was amazed when she saw first hand children at this age could learn so much quickly while moving around a classroom and independently making choices. This experience, combined with fond memories of her own early education, helped her decide to obtain a Montessori teaching certificate. Her first Montessori teaching job was in Colorado in 1976. In 1988, she began teaching at Kinderhaus Montessori Preschool.
Cruden’s leadership helped to modernize the school, while maintaining its classical Montessori rootsHer firm belief that young children need to know and understand the world through first-hand experiences have been the foundation for her teaching philosophy, and ground her approach to teaching. An approach that has been a benefit to this community for 25 years.