A big welcome to Jacqueline Bauer who joined us at the start of the school year as a guide in the K-1 Doves Classroom at the Creek Campus.
After growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacqueline’s Montessori journey started in her first year at Xavier University (also in Cincinnati). She was studying Early Childhood Education and was able to observe Montessori pedagogy in the campus Lab School. She recalls being struck by how children “were guided with respect and compassion.” This early exposure stayed with Jacqueline and she graduated in May of 2017 with her American Montessori Society (AMS) certification along with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.
After graduation, Jacqueline spent three years as a Lead Guide for children ages 6-9 in Chicago before moving to Austin in 2020. She shared that she feels “motivated to honor each unique child and to help them reach their highest potential.” She enjoys each facet of the classroom and the Headwaters community, including cultivating peace practice.
Jacqueline also continues her lifelong learning outside the classroom with gardening, fiber arts, and cooking. She also loves to explore new spots to rock climb and bike to the perfect vista to watch a sunset. She says, “I enjoy the rhythms of practicing solitude and discovering the excitement of the world through the stories of friends and family.”
What Brought Jacqueline to Headwaters School
My joining of the Headwaters team felt quite serendipitous; everything settled into place at just the right moment. I could tell that the people of Headwaters were authentic and truly caring individuals, and I wanted to be a part of it. I enjoy the laughter that permeates the walls and the quiet that comes with steady concentration. I love the way that it feels when I step into the school in the morning and how every classroom is quite different and so uniquely beautiful, mirroring the individuals that practice in the space.
Fun Facts about Jacqueline
I recently took up a new hobby of thru-hiking. My dream is to complete the Appalachian Trail! I am currently making my way around the trails of Texas and finding such joy in getting to experience the expansiveness of the land.
I'm living out my dream of preparing and teaching in an outdoor classroom. Yvonne and I have completely shifted our entire day to be outside and it has been even better than imagined. It's the simplest joy to be able to be present with the weather changing throughout the day and listening to song birds sing as we greet each other hello.