Lubica Booth

What led you to teaching?

I grew up surrounded by teachers in my family, including my aunts, uncles, godparents, as well as my
mum. I remember going to school with my mum as a young child, watching her deliver lessons,
observing the engaged look on her students’ faces. Later, I often witnessed the same students
stopping her on the street to say hello, embracing in a hug, and commenting on her teaching
qualities, which gave them foundations for their success in life. Inevitably, teaching the alphabet to my
soft toys was the start of my teaching journey.

What inspires you and what you do?
As a Montessori Early Years practitioner, I am inspired by children, their interests, nature and
Montessori philosophy and principles. I recognise that children develop at their own pace and learn
best from meaningful play, each other, as well as their role models. I treat every child as if they are
my own, with love and respect, allowing freedom for them to express themselves, as well as set
healthy boundaries. It brings me so much joy to see children happy and engaged with their learning,
that I truly cannot imagine life without working in education.

What do you love most about Skippers?
The happy, joyful, and energetic atmosphere! Beaming smiles from every single team member in the
morning, the helping hand when needed during the day, and the warm feeling of satisfaction of
helping children learn in loving, nurturing environment at the end of the day.

What is your proudest achievement?
Receiving Ruth Bloomfield’s award for outstanding academic achievements during my Montessori
studies. This led me to become a Montessori lecturer and placement tutor, supporting adult learners
around the word. I remember feeling privileged to be working with students from different parts of
the world – California, Dubai, Singapore or Melbourne, supporting them on their journeys of
becoming their very own interpretation of what a Montessori educator is, building on their strengths
and encouraging them to become authentic and innovative teachers.