Hello! I’m Esta Levine and I am thrilled to join Asheville Montessori School as an assistant in Ms. Brit’s classroom. I moved to Asheville, from Florida, over 2 years ago. Montessori-based learning has been an interest of mine since first considering it for my children. Much later, I taught art at two Montessori schools. This is where I saw, first-hand, the caring and respectful teaching given, in the most peaceful environment.
I was fortunate that one of these schools offered parents a Montessori-education class, taught by faculty there. The goal was to supply us with tools to use in the home. Above all else, I learned how important it is to give children the space to think, play, and learn at their pace. The knowledge and methods I learned in that class have stayed with me through raising my children and now my grandchildren. That’s why I’m so grateful to be working at AMS.
I have a Bachelor’s in Art History and Master’s degree in Art Education. I taught elementary art in Pinellas County, FL, until retiring just before moving here. The timing was perfect to follow my daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandsons to Asheville. One of my sons, and his wife, had moved here 3 years prior. My 2 sisters and father relocated here as well. And a year ago, my other son, his wife, and my 2 granddaughters moved here. So, my whole family is here! I spend most of my time with my grandchildren. When I can, I love to walk, find live music, and work on pottery.
I cannot wait to meet you and get to know your children. I’m excited to be a part of your children’s education. It is an honor.