Zil (she/her) is the upper elementary guide in the Madrone classroom. She was a Montessori child, attending an AMI school in the suburbs of Chicago from ages 3 to 12. Upon graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Anthropology, she began working as an upper elementary teacher in Phoenix, Arizona and discovered that teaching is her passion. She has worked with children in many capacities over the last 14 years and is delighted to be part of the Puddletown community. In addition to her BA, she holds AMI elementary and primary diplomas and an MEd from Loyola College of Maryland. Over the years Zil has traveled extensively in Central and South America, leading to her involvement in establishing one of Guatemala’s first Montessori schools. In her free time, Zil loves to do yoga, cook, read, and play with her daughter, Luna.