We are very excited to announce that we have received two applications for the CAC Parent Representative position, namely Michelle Kiefer and Kimberly Owens. In order to allow adequate time for the voting process, we will hold the CAC election in August, when we return to school.
My name is Cathy Ponsano. I come from a long line of teachers! My great-great-aunt, my grandmother, manygreat-aunts and my father were all teachers. Several of my siblings are also educators. I resisted the family calling until I was bitten by the teaching bug while volunteering in my children’s classrooms. After getting my Teaching Credential from Humboldt State University, I taught 4th, 5th, and 6thgrade in Eureka California for 12 years, including 3 years of Science. I researched alternatives to traditional education after taking a year off to care for my granddaughter Rosie in Sacramento, and discovered Montessori education fit my values and beliefs about child development. I moved to Portland, Oregon to get my Montessori training in ages 3-6, receiving my AMI Primary certification. Returning to Sacramento, I taught 2 years at a private Montessori school at preschool age, and had the opportunity to work in lower and upper elementary classes, as well as substituting in preschool and toddler classes. When I discovered there was a network of public Montessori schools through CMP, I was very excited because my heart is in public education. I co-taught in a 6-9 classroom at the CMP Elk Grove campus for a year, and worked as a TA in the Gray Whale classroom here at Capitol campus. I fell in love with the children, families, and staff at this campus, and I was thrilled when a teaching position became available the following year. This is my fourth year teaching the Golden Trout class. I am very passionate about Montessori education. During my spare time, I love cooking vegetarian food, knitting, crocheting, hiking, going to museums, reading, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.
Mr. Jesse Heckendorf -
I am excited to be joining the CMP Capitol Campus community again this year. My first experience with CMP was last year as a substitute teacher. Most of my days were spent at the Capitol Campus where I very gratefully filled in for two long-term sub positions; first working with the 9-12 kids and then the 6-9 age group. The adults and children I connected with during that first year made me a believer of the CMP Capitol Campus community, which, inevitably, led to my return.
Prior to joining CMP, I obtained my BA in Liberal Studies at CSUS and graduated from their multiple-subject credential program with with an emphasis in science. Soon after graduating, I enjoyed two amazing summers doing science research alongside a mentor. This was made possible by the STAR (STEM Teacher And Researcher) Program. My work is published on the Cal Poly database where you can find additional publications from other researchers, most of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Recently, I completed my Montessori Assistant Training and plan to continue immersing myself in all things Montessori as the school year progresses. My hobbies include: good health, music, reading, writing, public speaking, and cooking. Most of all, I enjoy connecting with others and positively impacting their lives. Learning never ceases!