Paige Isom grew up in the Midwest spending much of her childhood on her grandparents’ farm in southern Illinois in the Mississippi Valley region. As a young mother living in Alaska she and her husband investigated various educational pedagogy and discovered Montessori. She fell in love with the method and her son, August, thrived in that setting where he spent five years at a growing Montessori school in Anchorage, Alaska before they moved to St. Louis, Missouri.
Paige earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis. She has a strong interest in literature, writing, and the power of storytelling in children’s lives. She spent eighteen years working for Washington University in administrative roles while raising her son. In 2018, she left her position as a research administrator at Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine, to begin a new career as a Montessori teacher in the Southwest.
Paige graduated from the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies (SIMS) in Mesa, Arizona in 2018 with a primary Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certificate. SIMS is a MACTE accredited training institute. MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. Paige worked as an assistant in an AMI primary classroom during her training year and following her certification became the lead guide of a primary classroom (ages 3-6) at a Montessori school in Silver City, New Mexico. She recently relocated to Tucson where she has settled into a new home and looks forward to exploring the desert and the region. She hopes to become a Master Naturalist and share her love of nature with the children of Mis Manos Montessori School. She is very excited to support the school community in myriad ways.