Primary 6 Assistant Guide
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My name is Alex Kinkade, and I’m grateful to be returning to Athena this year as an Assistant Guide in Primary 6.
I grew up just west of the Austin city limits, where I spent most of my formative years playing outside and exploring the world around me. I have many childhood memories of following the creek in my backyard and riding bikes with friends for miles and then having to navigate our way back home. It was during these years that I developed a love for nature and animals. I’m grateful to have had a safe environment to explore, play and learn. I believe these experiences have positively shaped much of my life and are part of why I’m drawn to the Montessori philosophy—how it is designed to build the child’s confidence and independence.
Another early love of mine is children; I’ve always known I’d work with them in some capacity. I babysat and nannied throughout high school and early college, where I studied liberal arts and child development. During my studies I had the opportunity to observe in many different pre-schools and early learning environments. It was there I was first introduced to Montessori. I was immediately drawn to the positive language, beautiful materials, and the method’s hands-on learning. I have since taught as an assistant guide at two Montessori schools in the Austin area, working with children of toddler and primary ages.
I was first introduced to the Athena Community last year, when I was hired as a substitute and later, joined the incredible support staff. From the moment I stepped on to campus, I knew that Athena was something very special. I’m thrilled to be back and feel lucky to be joining a school that encourages its staff to be constantly growing and learning alongside its students. I look forward to all the joy and laughter working with your children will bring this year!