Lead Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher
Julia Hittinger received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and is certified through the Indiana Dept. of Education in SpecialEducation grades K-12 and General Elementary Education grades 1-6. Her experience with Montessori education began when she, her husband, Tim, and Anita Hittinger founded a Montessori day camp in 2005. She spent the first 5 ½ years of her professional teaching career in Perry Township and Center Grove where she worked in many capacities. She worked with students diagnosed with various Mild Cognitive disabilities and led small group reading instruction using a researched-based intervention. She fully embraced the Montessori philosophy and helped to found the Elementary program at another local Montessori school in 2012. She has a passion for reading and writing, visual arts, music, and nature. She is a strong believer in students working to their potential and differentiating instruction based on student interests and skill levels. She would like to see more schools founded on its fundamentals and practices. Outside of teaching, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Mya, reading, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, watching movies, and playing with her cat and dog. She is received her Elementary Montessori training from Seton Montessori Institute in Chicago.
Lead Infant Teacher
Anita received her BA degree from Purdue University and her American Montessori Society credential in Early Childhood Education after receiving training through Seton Montessori Institute. She has been teaching in a variety of capacities since 1987, mostly in early childhood. Her introduction to Montessori education began at the Montessori Children’s House in Beech Grove where both of her sons attended preschool. After seeing the love of learning instilled within her own children, she was very excited for the opportunity to serve there as a Montessori assistant for three years. She served as director of 2 other preschools for nine years and 11 years respectively. She has a passion for helping children reach their full potential. Anita lives in Indianapolis with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family, reading music, gardening, camping, hiking, cycling, boating and water-skiing.
Lead Early Childhood Teacher
Tim received his bachelor’s degree with a social science emphasis and has a special interest in cultural anthropology. His experience with Montessori education began as a preschooler at the Children’s House in Beech Grove. He received training in the nationally recognized Music Together program and received both paraprofessional training and Early Childhood training from Seton Montessori Institute, formerly MECA. Montessori education is his passion because it helps people learn how to be their best. He and his wife, Julia, live on the south side of Indianapolis. He has shared his special areas of interests and passions by enriching classes with Spanish, music, storytelling, and physical activity. Tim enjoys sports, music, martial- arts, sailing, slalom water-skiing, reading, writing, and his dog.
Lead Toddler Teacher
Miss Miranda started working in Montessori in 2012 and quickly fell in love with the philosophy behind the Montessori method. She learned so much from her mentors and was inspired to study the Montessori Method more formally. She went on to receive her International Montessori Certification from NAMC in 2013 in the 0-3 age group. She has since taught as the Lead Teacher in both 0-3 and 3-6 classrooms.
Miss Miranda has two children; an eight year old girl named Melody who attends
South Creek Elementary and a three year old boy named Carter who attends GMCH along with her. She is a lover of animals and has seven…yes seven, rescues in her home- three cats, three dogs, and a gerbil! In her spare time she enjoys reading, making jewelry, painting, doing yoga, and spending time with her family indoors and out.
Mr. Justin is the assistant teacher for the toddler classroom in the afternoon and works the aftercare program. Justin is from Whiteland and has been with GMCH for three years. His favorite part about his job is helping kids each and every day and he hopes to become a Montessori teacher some day. He has attended classes on the Montessori philosophy and practices with the United Montessori Schools of Indiana (UMSI). In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time with his nephew, and playing video games.
What drew me to working at GMCH was the potential to permanently affect a child’s life in a positive way for the rest of his or her life. Children are impressionable and if you leave a positive impression when they are young they will carry it with them until they are old. I have babysat children with typical development and those with special needs such as autism. I observed that both could learn but at different rates and with different methods. One thing that was a common denominator was that if you could relate to them in some way, it made their learning process easier. In my free time I watch videos on YouTube and edit videos for my clients. My inspiration is my grandmother. The amount of love and compassion she had for me when I was a child has stuck with me throughout my life.
I always knew I wanted to work with children since I was first asked what I wanted to do for living as I grew older. Children have such innocent minds and having the ability to impact them as they grow means a lot to me. As a person, I have the ability to give them positive feedback with care and nurture to have them see the world for what it is. What drew me to working at GMCH was their mission and what they believe in at this amazing school. Not only do we focus on inspiring children to work to their maximum potential but we build families and special unique bonds with the children there. I can for sure say it has been an amazing couple of week working here even with the pandemic going on it feels like there are no worries when I walk into work here. I’ve been with children my whole life and I was the babysitter of my family so I’ve gotten some practice! I am a 2019 graduate from Beech Grove High School. What I enjoy doing in my free time is playing my guitar and piano, watching some shows on Netflix, or just spending quality time with my family! One day I aspire to be a teacher in early childhood care or even a pediatrician. They may seem very different but they hold one thing in common and that is they are both careers that are involved with children.
What drew me to work at GMCH is the children and the experience of helping them grow. I’ve always enjoyed children, especially the little ones because they bring so much joy. I am a 2019 graduate of Franklin Central High School and there I worked as a TA for the special needs classes. It is from that experience that I grew to love children and feel that that is my calling.
In my free time, I enjoy hanging with friends, visiting my grandmother, and hanging with my mom. My inspiration, well, it’s hard to pick just one. My mother is my best friend and confidant. My grandpa was also my best buddy and a man of faith.