Jen Montgomery-Rice’s Early Childhood Education began when her two children (now 27 and 30) were born. She became a licensed child care provider in Massachusetts and cared for six children at a time in her home; during that period she researched and implemented different curricula that were developmentally appropriate for the children in her care. Eventually she knew education was her next career and returned to college for her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She became licensed to teach grades K-9 in Massachusetts and soon was hired as a Kindergarten teacher. Over the years she also taught First, Third and Fifth grades. She and her family returned to the Bangor area in 2004.
She then spent two years at Washington Street School in Brewer in the third grade. From there she went to work as a part time manager for The Maine Discovery Museum in 2008. She found Literacy Volunteers that same year and served in various capacities as Trainer, Board Member, Tutor and Committee Member for the past ten years.
She then went to work at Parkside Children’s Learning Center first as Director, then Executive Director, and finally purchased the business and became Owner and Executive Director. Parkside is a combination child care and preschool for children from six weeks to six years old. They serve 130 children and 40 staff members in eight classrooms.
Jen recently sold Parkside and is ready to take on new endeavors and finish a book and screenplay that have been in her head for 15 years. She is also able to dedicate even more time to those organizations that she’s so very passionate about including Literacy Volunteers and United Way.