“The child is both hope and promise of mankind.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
I have been attending Montessori Children’s Community for the past decade, and started when I was three years old. Ever since, I have been taught correctly, by the Montessori Way, which allowed me to learn at my own pace. It taught me to understand and expand my potential, by giving me the freedom to make my own choices and choose my own way of learning which best fit me. It taught me to be mature and ambitious, by showing me how to be a good role model and how to find my own path. It taught me to be open-minded and creative, by teaching me from an early age to think outside of the box. And it taught me to be confident. But most of all, it taught me to teach, so that when I leave this school, I can pass the lessons I have learned here on to others.
Instead of most schools, which shape student’s futures for them, Montessori has guided me through finding my own unique future. I defined my future. And I couldn’t have done this without Montessori.
In children’s house and extended day, I began to learn about how the school worked and got different samples of various academic subjects, such as geometry when I learned new shapes by the metal inset work. I also made new friends, like Gabriel who has stayed with me through the last ten years. I’d like to thank Mrs. White, Mrs. Fabian, Mrs. Smith, and others for my children’s house and extended day experience.
In Lower Elementary I started to learn how to work more collaboratively, and I got more experience with more people, and learned how to communicate better to others. I would like to thank Mrs. Timons, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Edson, Mrs. Degroot, Mrs. Obrien, Senora Mabel, and Mr. Stater for my Lower El experience.
In Upper El I learned how to think critically and manage my work-time when the teachers gave me more freedom to organize my academic agenda as well as work ahead. I also learned to become comfortable with learning by my own styles, and began to realize that my teachers were more like my guides, which prepared me for middle school. I’d like to thank Ms. Spargo, Mrs. Keebler, Mrs. Marlovitz, Mrs. Driscoll, Mrs. Shwartz, Dr. Modic, and Danny Rectenwald for my Upper El experience.
In the middle school, I began to ask more questions. Maria Montessori believed that this broadens a student’s learning capacity by allowing them to draw more from a lesson by taking their own path to learn more. I also started to realize my potential as I was given more responsibility, trust, and freedom, such as being given more opportunities like the micro-economy and event manager. When I was a manager, I learned how to communicate better and work on my leadership skills, because I had to coordinate events in which multiple people were needed to run it, like coffee in carline and Open Mic Night.
I’d like to thank Cathy Rohrer, All Sanzo, Carmen Blanco, Courtney Robson, Amber Niedomys, and Tess Riesmeyer for my middle school education in the last two years.
I’d also like to thank all of my classmates and peers for being supportive and keeping me on track with my academic work.
Most of all, I’d like to thank my parents who enrolled me in MCC, and Mrs. Modic for creating this wonderful school that has helped me prepare for and shape my future.
Bruce’s graduation speech
Class of 2017
Thank you for providing such a wonderful Montessori educational opportunity to our community. Thank you very much for your dedication, vision, love and support, and for inspiring students and their families!
Paulina & Dave
Montessori to me has been more than just a way of learning; it has been a way of becoming a person. The academics in Montessori are unlike any you can experience in any other program. I have attended a Montessori Children’s House on through a Montessori High School Adolescent Program. The learning I have done, through self-guided as well as guided group and indivdual projects and discussions, has been an unreal learning experience. When you grow through Montessori you grow through who you are. You learn through your own thoughts, your own drive to learn. Montessori to me has been an education for life.
Montessori Children’s Community is a wonderful place to grow and learn with a close community of peers and incredibly dedicated teachers and guides. If there is one place that creates the environment that Maria Montessori envisioned, it’s Montessori Children’s Community.
The education my daughters received at Montessori Children’s Community was unparalleled. Of course, they learned all the “basics”, math, language, reading, history and science, and learned them all quite well. Their quarterly grades, achievement test scores, and teachers comments as they pass on through middle school have been a testament to the strong academic background they received at MCC.
During this Montessori learning process, however, the girls really have learned so much more than just academics. They have also learned important skills relating to learning that continue to help them every day at school. They learned how to focus. They learned good work habits. They learned the importance of organization, prioritization, and responsibility. They learned to appreciate their own strengths and were challenged to work on their weaknesses. They learned to work well both independently and within a group. They learned how to be strong leaders. These lessons are the ones that have led to their academic success in middle school and will continue to guide them down the path of success in their futures.
In addition, they have also benefitted from many lessons on life, friendship, and compassion. They learned respect; respect for themselves, for each other, for their community, and for their world. They learned how to treat each other with kindness. They learned how to solve conflicts that arise between friends fairly and peacefully. They learned to respect each others’ differences and learn from them. These are just a few of the intangible qualities that will help them each and every day in their relationships with family, friends and teachers.
I am thankful every day for what Montessori Children’s Community has given to my girls and to our family. It is a place to which I will always give credit for their successes as they continue on their journey through life.
Deb and Rich Sanzi
Your father and I both have bad memories of our early childhood education: sit still, don’t talk to any other kids, do nothing but listen to the teacher drone on and on…That would be fine if there was no other way, but there is- the Montessori way! And it allows learning to be a joy, as it should be.
Written by Wendy David to her son Bruce
All the things I learned at Montessori Children’s Community have really helped me the past two years at middle school. My teachers at Montessori helped me stay organized. This has helped me keep track of all my homework assignments, test and quiz dates, and any other special events going on at school. This has also helped me because I always know exactly where to find my textbooks and binders in my locker so that I am not late for class.
Another thing I learned at Montessori was how to be a good friend. This has helped me make lots of new friends at my new school, and also how to solve any conflicts that arise between us. I am very glad I went to Montessori because it has not only prepared me for future schooling, but also prepared me for life.
Allie, former student
Montessori education should be called “stealth learning”- the work teaches concepts in such a logical and fun manner that it hardly seems like “school”.