We had the good fortune of connecting with Gulzar Saleem and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gulzar, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a Montessori teacher and a parent, I believe that Montessori will not only impact my child but also it will impact others in society. From the simple, loving interactions, and through lessons in practical skills and independence, A child will learn to take care of themselves and their environment and to be helpful to others. In addition to mastering real-life skills, they come to see themselves as valued members of the community. My child is 18 months old, he knows how to carry his own bag pack every day at school. I saw how he cares for others. If one of his friends is upset he will stand next to him and make sure that the teacher will address the child. I think I have portrayed the most essential aspect of Montessori which is independence and self-correction.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was born and raised in a traditional environment where decisions were made by an adult. So when I first joined as an assistant teacher at Montessori school it was a completely new and different experience. I saw toddlers walking independently and working on their own without any interruption that day I felt I belong to the Montessori environment, the feeling was surreal. I have worked so hard and understand the Montessori in each and every way despite the fact that I was pursuing medical back home I changed my career. It wasn’t easy at all especially when you work in the toddler environment with no experience. However, every day for I was excited and satisfied with what I was doing. Moving forward I completed my AMS certification in 2018 and started my blogs in 2020. The only purpose is to educate others that Montessori will not only change your child but also it will change you. Montessori plays an important role in building a sense of order and repetition, which helps in all aspects of learning, including sizing, writing, reading, and establishing a routine.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shout-out to Ms. Rozina owner and founder of Casa Dei Bambini Montessori school and Petite Maison Montessori school. She not only supported me but also believed in me. I’m here just because of her.