Mrs. Mary Humpert

Lead Teacher

Year Started: 1978

Degrees: B.A., Art, Edgecliff College/Xavier University; M.Ed., Montessori Education, Xavier University; A.M.S., Montessori Education, Xavier University. Certifications: Preschool to third grade; American Montessori Society, Ages 3-6

Experience: 5 years in education prior to The Summit

Awards: 2009 Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching

Inspiration: I chose The Summit after doing my student teaching here. My grandmother and inspiration, Antoinette Daly Homan, was a 1916 graduate of The Summit. I was also taught in grade school by Notre Dame Sisters and was inspired by them and their devotion to the school.

Philosophy:  I love working with children and hope to guide them to a love of learning. I have done this through teaching math, language, science, social studies, geography, religion, art and music -- all in the Montessori method. Children learn by using all their senses. They also have a high level of concentration, a strong sense of order, and times in their development when they are more sensitive to absorbing specific concepts. At an early age, children can learn to make choices, to lead and take responsibility for their own learning and to reach their maximum potential.

Personal: Husband, Larry Humpert, an architect with A.M. Kinney; four children: Joe, Teddy,  Matt and Mark, all Summit graduates. I enjoy gardening, knitting, reading and running.

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