“I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated person to take over the school and I feel Jessica will be a big asset to our community,” previous owner and director Jen Wilkinson said in an email to parents earlier this summer.
Driskell said she became familiar with Montessori Method through her son’s experience at MMC. As she researched the method of teaching, “a paradigm shift” began that eventually compelled her to resign from the school district and pursue her Montessori teaching credential,” Driskell said in a news release.
In her introductory letter to parents, Driskell said she is looking forward to being the Montessori Center’s new director.
“I am so excited to have begun this new path, one that will allow me to teach children by honoring them as individuals, not expecting them to fit into a specific mold,” she said.
Driskell first came to Utah in 1999 to fulfill the internship requirement for the college degree she was finishing with the University of Georgia. She eventually began working as a reading assistant at the former Red Rock Elementary School, which led to her obtaining her Utah state teaching license.
Since 2010, she has taught first grade at Helen M. Knight Elementary School in Moab. She shares her home here with her husband, Matthew Driskell, and their son.
Moab Montessori Center provides programming for children from 15 months to 7 years of age.
Moab Montessori Center will be celebrating its new ownership with an open house at the center, 62 North 200 East, Moab on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
The 2016-2017 school year begins Aug. 15 and enrollment is currently underway. For more information, contact Jessica Driskell at firstname.lastname@example.org.