Mrs. Nicole Field
Year Started: 2017
Degrees: B.S., Mental Health and Human Services, Minor Human Life Studies, Franciscan University of Steubenville; M.Ed. Montessori Education 6-9, AMS Montessori Elementary I Credential (Ages 6-9), Ohio Early Childhood License (PK-3), Xavier University.
Experience: 6 years in education prior to The Summit. Lower Elementary Graduate Assistant & Assistant Teacher in the 6-9 classroom of the Xavier University Montessori Lab School during the final year of my graduate education. Lower Elementary Lead Teacher at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori for 5 years. Orton Gillingham Instructor for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati as well as a private OG tutor. Summer School Teacher for CISE’s (Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund) Price Hill Summer Learning camp the past 4 years providing remedial instruction to students ages 2 1/2-9 needing support in between academic years.
Memberships: International Dyslexia Association
Inspiration: As a Mental Health undergrad, I never expected to find myself a teacher and the moment I decided to pursue my graduate degree in Montessori Education still lies fresh in my mind. I spent one Tuesday morning touring a pre-primary environment, passing the small tables and chairs and scanning the shelves littered with vases, bowls, beans, and shells. Upon seeing the bead cabinet, I paused. The guide beside me spoke: “This is the bead cabinet. It is often the children’s favorite work.” Catching the end of one of the colorful strands, I fingered the beads, perplexed by how something that appeared like nothing more than a broken necklace could hold the attention of a four-year old, let alone contain some form of educational value. Picking up a small pink cube, she placed it in my hand saying, “This represents three cubed…” and turning, she continued on through the room.
I remembered having to “cube” numbers, and the tiny numeral “3” I wrote above them. I stood there, looking down at the small three-dimensional object. My eyes counted the delicate pink spheres that composed it, examining the squares that built the form: three beads down three times, making three columns… or, three beads across three times, making three rows… three on every single side of this… cube. It formed a cube. Wait...
My eyes jumped over to the squares constructed of beads. Picking up the one formed of matching pink beads, I began to count. Three rows down of three beads, or three rows across of three beads: either way this square was constructed of nine beads. A square where each side of the perimeter is composed of three beads is nine… and three “squared” is also nine.
Oh my gosh…
The notion that the abstract term “squared” was tied to a physical shape and not an arbitrarily constructed word had somehow escaped my years of education. I began to realize that, perhaps much of what I had been taught in school could have been understood- not simply memorized. I knew if that tiny cube of beads could shake my world so profoundly at age 25, I could not imagine what the ever curious and hungry mind of the child would be capable of. Immediately I wanted to share this joy, to help reignite the hunger for learning that can fade so quickly from education today.
Maria Montessori stated, “If the idea of the universe be presented to the child in the right way, it will do more for him than just arouse his interest, for it will create in him admiration and wonder, a feeling loftier than and interest and more satisfying… his intelligence becomes whole and complete because of the vision of the whole that has been presented to him and his interest spreads to all, for all are linked and have their place in the universe on which his mind is centered.”
Discovering what education ought to be bore in me the initial desire to be a teacher and it is my hope that all children will be given the gift of an unquenchable curiosity and deep love of learning. I am excited to be constantly pursuing my dream of helping every child unlock the joy of learning and look forward to doing so here with the children and families at The Summit.
Philosophy: One of my favorite quotes is from G.K. Chesterton: “The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” Although I am unsure if Montessori and Chesterton ever read the work of the other, they both seemed to possess an understanding that the world is full of boundless wonders, and even more, that the capacity to remain in wonder exists within every human being. Montessori education gives the child the universe, and sparks an unquenchable curiosity and hunger for knowledge. I have been blessed to witness this phenomena everyday and cherish seeing children engaged in their environment. Using their senses to form not only their minds, but their very persons through exploration and discovery. It is my wish for every child to be given the gift of the universe and the opportunity and environment in which to wonder.
Personal: Born and raised in Cincinnati, although I now call Kentucky home. I am very close with my family and love visiting my sister and six nieces in Illinois whenever I have the chance. My heart has always been drawn to service work. In the past I have gone on mission to China, both led and attended mission trips to Emmaus Ministries in Chicago and volunteered at the baths in Lourdes, France. In Cincinnati I have volunteered with Pregnancy Center East, Ruah Woods and Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, as well as various youth groups. I love art and design as well as just about anything outdoors: hiking, kayaking, and or just soaking in the sunshine!