MontessoriTech Happy child using Stamp Game app

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Grace Kochanik - Teacher and Owner

Picture of Grace KochanikMy passion for the Montessori math curriculum and a 17 year career in technology education led me to the idea of taking the Montessori Stamp Game to the iPad platform. When I saw Steve Jobs demo the iPad in February 2010 and witnessed the way he was dragging items up and down the screen, I immediately thought about the green, red, and blue wooden stamps of the Montessori Stamp Game. This ultimately lead me to co-found MontessoriTech with the goal of integrating a new era of Information Technology education and traditional Montessori education.

I hold a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. I started my career in technology as a network analyst, programmer, and IT instructor for Jersey Central Power and Light, and as an Information Technology trainer at AlphaNet Solutions. During this time, I focused on developing a robust Information Technology curriculum designed to work with a wide variety of students.

Since 2005, I have been a technology teacher for Montessori schools in New Jersey. I completed my Montessori elementary credentials at Princeton Center for Teacher Education and worked as a Montessori lower elementary teacher. From this perspective, I have observed and taught students Technology classes in the elementary years from 6 to 10 years old. I feel that applications for the students of the world on computer tablets is the bridge to their future. Technology changes drastically and I feel as an educator that it is time to move education to an accelerated path that integrates technology into a student's academic life. Just as the pencil, pen, and paper revolutionized writing, the iPad has the opportunity to revolutionize learning.