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Bess began working with Microsoft SharePoint in 2003 and has worked with every version since, including 2016 and Office 365.  She enjoys leveraging her business analyst skills to assist organizations in getting the most out of their Microsoft investment.

During her Information Technology journey, Bess discovered the joys of improvisation.  She has traveled the country to study improv, including the top three schools in Chicago – The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance.  She performs locally with Dinner Detective and is the director of Indy Improv Collaborative, an improv troupe nominated for Nuvo’s Best of Indy in 2017.

Bess combines her improv skills with her 20 years of corporate experience in Information Technology, allowing her to specialize in collaborative solutions.  She is the owner of Collaborative Ventures, LLC.

Bess lives in Indianapolis, IN where she is raising her three children.

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Introducing Email for Elementary Practical Life

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Indoor Snowball Fight

Indoor Snowball Fight

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Favorite Montessori-ish Resources

Favorite Montessori-ish Resources

If you've been around my blog for any length of time, you know the traditional Montessori materials captivate me.  During our journey, I...
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Using Math Command Cards

Using Math Command Cards

The Montessori math approach was what initially caught my eye about the Montessori Method.  I love the way complex concepts are presented to...
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Our Favorite Language Arts Supplements

Our Favorite Language Arts Supplements

One of the many reasons I homeschool is so I can tailor the approach to each child.  Our core Montessori work is Keys of the World and Keys ...
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Supporting a Family with High Medical Needs

Supporting a Family with High Medical Needs

This post is part of a special series I'm participating in a series called Parenting Children with Special Needs. Few people would ...
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Pink Tower Power

Pink Tower Power

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