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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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School Week Recap

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School hasn't been as organized as I would prefer lately but the children are still enjoying it immensely and continue to thrive.  I'm thankful that I can simply unleash them in the classroom.  I wouldn't consider them fully normalized but they do require less reminders about care of the classroom and respectful use of the materials these days.

Here are some of the activities they chose this past week:

William loves to feed our classroom pet, a beta.  

I changed up the drawing parallel lines with crayons activity to drawing concentric circles with markers.  Yes, she should be sitting at a table for proper positioning but this was the best I was going to get.

William has taken an interest in his counting beads.  He liked sorting them by colors and counting each one.  He's still a bit off on his one to one correspondence but he is spontaneously counting quite high now.

The open and close basket has remained popular since it was put out about 2 years ago.

Elora matched miniature insects to insect picture cards.  The insects are from a Toob and the cards are self made.

Elora matched fabric squares, first by feel by selecting the out of the bag and then by sight.

The alphabet tubs are still used every time.  Here Elora is exploring the N tub.  She decided to wear the necklace.

This may not be the most "Montessori" based infant seat but Lockelan loves it.  He's getting very good at grabbing onto the animals.

William is placing his counting pegs.  He does recognize smaller quantities and loves to call them out.

Elora started on some pattering work with coins but apparently it was exhausting.  

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