Mr. Cunningham – Guide
Learn about our Mr. Cunningham:
How did you learn about Montessori?
I first heard of Montessori through some neighbor’s children. They seemed different and interesting and I asked where they went to school. The answer was Montessori Academy of Dallas ( later renamed St Alcuin Montessori ). When I began to have children of my own I enrolled them there as well.
Why are you a Montessori Teacher?
After about 8 years as a Montessori parent, I got to know other parents and the teachers, and St Alcuin sent me to train in 1986 to Toronto for my 3-6 AMI Primary Diploma, and in 1987 to Dublin, Ireland for my 6-12 AMI Elementary Diploma. I taught at St Alcuin until 1997, and then at Barbara Gordon Montessori (now Waypoint Montessori) in Colleyville until May of 2020.
Being a Montessori teacher was not really something I had planned on doing, it was just something that seemed to happen naturally as my life progressed. It changed my life. I have 5 children that all went to Montessori schools. My middle daughter, Mia, was a Montessori primary teacher at Arbor Creek. My wife is a Toddler teacher at Waypoint.
When you are not teaching, how do you spend your time?
I am now a gray beard trying to stay useful. I enjoy being around children and feel lucky to know the children I work with. My hobbies are golf, playing softball, and playing guitar.