JESSICA JUDD - AMI Primary Co-Teacher

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Education:

University of Minnesota, B.A. Global Studies. Universitá di Bergamo Italy, Italian Language and Culture, Cum Laude. Universidad de Alcalá, M.A. Bilingual and multicultural Education. Centro Montessori de Costa Rica, AMI 3-6 Certification.

Experience:

Born in the desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, forever a lover of petrichor.  At 10, she moved and found herself surrounded by 10, 000 lakes (more or less) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her wanderlust and globe trotting began on her first trip in high school to the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.  The love for travel, exploration, and experiences grew exponentially during her undergraduate career where she studied abroad in Australia, say  “no worries”, as she traveled solo down the Eastern coast of Australia, Tasmania, and Fiji. After graduating, she traveled through Europe, explored Israel with Taglit-Birthright then lived with Israelis, yalla balagan!  She then led outdoor adventure trips with Wilderness Inquiry in Minneapolis.  Following her heart, she moved to Italy to work as an Au Pair while absorbing Italian and il dolce far niente.

The flow of life replanted her desert roots in Albuquerque to teach high school Italian.  Jessica’s passion for learning and teaching languages and cultures exploded and she found herself, and her hiking boots, in Madrid, Spain.  There, she soaked up Spanish, taught English and completed her Masters; jolé! The adventures brought her full circle to Costa Rica where she completed the AMI Montessori teacher certification.  Currently, Jessica is teaching Spanish in the Primary Classroom at La Mariposa Montessori School. She spends her free time gardening, meditating, journaling, practicing yoga, developing a curriculum for her future language school, attempting to surf when she sets out to sea, and livin’ nothing but la pura vida.