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Montessori Farm School  January 6, 2021 – 04:55 am

Virginia Lozuke

Virginia began teaching Montessori in 2004 when she joined the staff at her daughter’s Montessori school based on a farm in Bahama, NC. There she saw firsthand the incredible benefits of the Montessori Method in a setting that allowed children greater use of the outdoor environment to connect with nature and to do purposeful work that helped build their confidence, independence, and sense of responsibility. Virginia worked with the school’s founder, Lisa Tate, and a dedicated group of parents to create Montessori Farm School as a non-profit to serve the greater Hillsborough area in 2007.

Virginia holds a BA in Political Science from Villanova University. She received her Early Childhood Certification from the North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education where she has served as a faculty member spending a portion of her summer teaching new Montessori teachers.Montessori-416.jpg She loves having the chance to share the science and beauty of Montessori with those who are new to the profession. Virginia’s favorite part of teaching Montessori is working with children on conflict resolution. “If we can teach children between three and six how to truly listen to each other, how to give voice to their own feelings and needs, and how to work with others to promote understanding, we will make lasting and significant contributions towards a more peaceful world.”


Wendy Panko

Drawn to education and in particular the Montessori method, Wendy received her Early Childhood Credential from the North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She worked in both public and private Montessori schools prior to joining the team at Montessori Farm School.montessori-farm-school-virginia-lozuke She is a patient, caring individual with a desire to encourage children’s growth with her positive attitude and respect for others. Wendy currently co-teaches in a primary classroom and has been with Montessori Farm school since its opening year.

Wendy and her husband are originally from upstate New York where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from the State University College in Potsdam, NY. During her computer career she developed educational content for a web-based chemistry course, created visual databases for a helicopter flight simulator, and wrote the user interface for a business software product. After moving to North Carolina Wendy took up pottery and is currently treasurer of the Clayworks Potter’s Guild. She uses her unique combination of talents in both technology and art for the school in many ways, including creating beautiful handmade work for the classroom. Additionally, Wendy has been integral to the development and management of this website.

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