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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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The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

Once again I apologize for being absent. Wanting to write and having the time to write are two different things. I finally feel like w...
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Summer Update

Summer Update

If there's one thing I've learned about life it's that nothing ever goes as planned.  We've been quite busy.  The good news ...
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Tips for Pitching Praise

Tips for Pitching Praise

Whether it's "Good Job" or "Way to Go" chances are you have a generic praise that routinely leaves your lips with li...
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Problematic Praise

Problematic Praise

Praise and rewards have become a staple in the traditional classroom. Did you get an A on your test? Then you get a candy bar. If you re...
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Lakeshore Love

Lakeshore Love

If you've read my blog for any length of time then you are well aware of my obsession with Lakeshore Learning which existed long before ...
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Follow the Child... Or Not?

Follow the Child... Or Not?

If there's one phrase that is acutely associated with the Montessori Method it's this one: "Follow the child" Often ti...
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The Cost of Education

The Cost of Education

If there's one thing that has shocked me on my journey to educate my children, it's the sheer cost.  In many ways, I think the free ...
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Not a Fun Mom

Not a Fun Mom

I have a confession.  I am not a fun mom. If you spend any time on Pinterest or browsing though various Montessori blogs then you've c...
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To Correct or Not?

To Correct or Not?

I can still recall some of our first school days after we fully invested in Montessori.  I understood my albums and the environment was met...
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The Silent Presenter

The Silent Presenter

While I am pursuing Montessori for my children, I was educated in a far more traditional manner.  I attended public school and have stro...
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Ch-Ch-Changes...

Ch-Ch-Changes...

I initially began blogging about our experiences with Montessori more than five years ago.  I scrapped my first attempt and began again two...
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Two Simple Steps for Practical Life

Two Simple Steps for Practical Life

On our last post, we talked about  why the practical life shelves in my classroom as so small .   Shredding Sweet Potatoes for Sw...
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Rethinking Practical Life

Rethinking Practical Life

Our Small, Often Neglected Practical Life Area There's no denying the importance of practical life activities.  This area, unique t...
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February School Update

February School Update

February was an interesting month for us.  We surprised the kids with a trip to Disney World.  It was fun but it was a lot of work for me.  ...
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Six Steps for Having the Montessori Talk

Six Steps for Having the Montessori Talk

By the way, honey, I need $5000 and will be taking all of the furniture out of the living room to create a classroom.  So how was your da...
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