April Dane, E4 Head Teacher

Background
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Years of Teaching Experience: 25
  • Years at FMS: 10
  • Degrees: MA in curriculum and instruction, BA in Psychology
  • Other Qualifications: Literacy Endorsement
  • Montessori Certifications: 6-9 Lower Elementary Certification
Favorites
  • Thing about teaching: Learning from children, watching their excitement and laughing with them.
  • Thing about Montessori: The cultural curriculum, respect for the child and the beautiful Montessori materials.
  • Hobbies: Biking, reading, traveling, cooking, gardening and painting.
  • Quote: “It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.” — Maria Montessori
  • Subjects: Reading and writing.

One-On-One
  • What are you looking forward to this year? Camping with our class in Zion.
  • What inspires you? Children’s literature, music, books, art and my daughters.
  • Who is your mentor? Leanne and Amy for their vision along with all of the lower elementary teachers; their dedication and innovation are inspiring.
Rave Reviews

“Ms. April is a positive thinker. She would always acknowledge me even if I got something wrong. She has a great sense of humor.” — Hank Edwards (former E4 student; currently in E5)

“She always encouraged me to do my best! She would help me with things I could not figure out. I miss her a lot!” — Alano Weddell (former E4 student; currently in E5)

“Ms. April is really, really kind and loving. She is fun and funny and picks out great books to read.” — Eva Freeman, current E4 student