I hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, where I earned licenses in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary education. I also hold a Montessori primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. I have worked with young children over a period of almost fifty years, including work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early-elementary-age children.
I am a widower. I raised my own daughter from infancy and homeschooled her for much of her school career. She entered the University of Minnesota as a dual-enrollment student at the age of sixteen and graduated summa cum laude. She is now twenty-seven and happily married.
Leo Tolstoy in 1873. Tolstoy started a progressive school in 1859 for the peasant children who lived at Yasnaya Polyana, his ancestral estate in western Russia. Although the school was short-lived and had little influence at the time, Tolstoy's written records regarding the school were important to later generations of progressive educators.