Heidi Travis

and Debbie Reed

Primary

Heidi.Travis@jeffco.k12.co.us

303-972-2627 x 214

A little bit about Ms. Heidi...

Hello wonderful MPA families of classroom 214!

My name is Heidi Travis (Ms. Heidi).

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Art Education from CSU in 2000. I taught Art in public schools for 3 years before my daughter Arwyn was born in 2004. When Arwyn was 3 I found Montessori and never turned back. Both my children attended Montessori schools for the Primary years including Kindergarten. I was a Montessori Assistant Teacher for 7 years. I received my Montessori Certification from the Montessori Training Center of the North East in Hartford, CT and I’ve been a Lead Montessori Teacher since 2014.

I love to paint and draw. I have painted many murals in homes, children’s rooms and pediatric offices. These days I often find that my journal is my best outlet for my art. I can grab my journal each day and write some words of gratitude and intentions for the day and do a little doodling. I am a maker and enjoy sewing, crochet, jewelry making and other crafty things.

I am an amateur gardener. Growing things has a positive effect on my spirit. When I can’t garden, I take pictures of flowers and other tiny growing things.

I sing whenever possible…which is most of the time. I love to sing in the classroom with children. I do not currently play any instruments but can pick out simple tunes on the piano, xylophone and recorder.

I am married to my high school sweetheart since 1996. Rhett is a Science teacher at Sheridan High School. You can often find him in the mountains. I have two children. My daughter Arwyn loves music and writing. She sings like an angel, plays piano, electric bass guitar and oboe. My son Rowan is a Lego maniac and enjoys Taekwondo. He loves every living creature from earthworms to our family dog, Nala!

Our family loves to hike and camp and just be outside together. We always have a bag of hammocks in my car for “hanging out” together near rivers, lakes, or just in the woods. When we can’t get out of town, we love to take family walks in the green spaces near our home in Centennial, CO. There’s a beautiful hill just beside our community where we can walk and watch the sunset over the mountains. We love to stay out long enough to watch the bats greet the night.

My favorite part of the Montessori curriculum besides Practical Life and Math, is the Peace Education part. I am passionate about being a part of children’s first experiences with a community of young people and guiding them as they navigate the social situations that arise in that community. Our lessons in Grace and Courtesy are a beautiful way to practice being a good friend, being assertive, caring for oneself and others as well as the environment within a community of children. Giving children tools to find calm and peace even when they are hurt or angry, so that they can more effectively communicate with their peers and teachers, is a lifelong skill. To practice using these tools while they are young gives their Absorbent Minds something they will treasure and continue to practice for a lifetime within their family, workplace and the world.

May we all practice peace and courageous communication!

Ms. Heidi