Ms. Kresta knew she wanted to be a teacher from the time she was six years old. Her first memories of teaching involved a makeshift chalkboard and pupils consisting of stuffed animals and her somewhat reluctant younger brother. During high school, Ms. Kresta worked as a peer counselor, volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and sponsored a drama club at a local elementary school, confirming her interest in education. Her initial college studies were aimed at preparing for a career as a high school English and Theatre teacher.
Following her freshman year, Ms. Kresta accepted a position as an assistant teacher in a small private Montessori school in order to help fund her college studies. She loved the Montessori philosophy and the developmental traits of young children so much that she decided to change her career path and completed her Primary certification training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado, in 1994.
Ms. Kresta spent ten years at that small private Montessori school where she served as a lead teacher and assistant director. After the birth of her second child, Ms. Kresta worked for three years as a permanent and long-term substitute at the Primary and Lower Elementary levels at a private Montessori school in Denver before stepping back into a lead teacher position at a public Charter Montessori school in Golden. Ms. Kresta then spent two years as the owner and director of a private art studio/school in Westminster before joining the faculty at FHM in 2008. Ms. Kresta first worked as the Director of Enrollment and Communication, then the Assistant Principal prior to becoming the Principal at Free Horizon Montessori in 2012.
Ms. Kresta holds degrees in Psychology, Communications with Leadership Specialization, a Montessori Primary credential through the American Montessori Society, and a Colorado Principal License. Ms. Kresta lives in Westminster with her husband of 21 years, their two daughters (both of whom are Montessori alums), and a menagerie of animals. Ms. Kresta's older daughter attends the University of Evansville where she is pursuing a BFA in Theatre Performance and teaches at The Arvada Center during the summers. Her younger daughter attends Pomona High School where her favorite class is AP Calculus and she is active in theatre and choir through the Pomona Arts and Humanities Program. Ms. Kresta enjoys hiking, traveling, attending theatrical productions and her childrens performances and athletic events.
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