Honoring Retiring Teacher – Don Henchel

By Al Daniel

On four occasions—one for every decade he has devoted to teaching Montessori in the Research Triangle—the name Don Henchel came up when a Montessori Community School alum reminisced on their time here for the MCS blog’s Alumni Stories series.

Lisa Bohn brings distance learning and #EdTech experience to MCS

By Al Daniel
After two years at Montessori Community School, Lisa Bohn is a familiar face to anyone stopping by the main office on Pope Road. There is more behind the front desk than meets the eye when one enters to sign-in, drop-off, make an inquiry, get a form, or pick-up a child.

We Stand in Solidarity with our Black Community

“We live in a time that still threatens black lives…. As educators, we all must bear witness to this fact. We all must shine a light on the state of race relations with the goal of pushing us onward to our democratic ideals. We need to speak out for justice and teach for justice. To do otherwise would undermine our school missions and cheat our students. To do otherwise would be cowardice.”

Acts of Kindness

By Lisa Anderson, Lower Elementary Teacher

In a world where we are often in a hurry and rush from place to place, it is nice to see people making time in their day for others. It is even more poignant when those people are six, seven, eight, and nine years old.

Establishing Peace Is the Work of Education

By Kalpu Shah, Upper Elementary Program Director and Specialists Program Director

“The science of Peace, were it to become a special discipline, would be the most noble of all, for the very life of humanity depends on it. So, also perhaps, does the question of whether our entire civilization evolves or disappears.” Dr. Maria Montessori

Dora Pekec Makes Every Minute Matter at Duke and Beyond

By Al Daniel

Dora Pekec is majoring in public policy and political science, yet one Duke University roster bearing her name is rife with computer science scholars. Half of the group’s 12 undergraduates have declared the latter major, and two of its three professors represent that department.

The importance of Dance in Education

By Sabine Howe, Physical Education Specialist

Learning, thought, creativity, and intelligence don’t just come from the brain alone, but from the entire body. Movement combinations increase memory, order, and sequencing skills. Creating dances also increases self-esteem which is so very important to learning.