Sue Ferrari to Retire in June 2018

In what she herself has called, “The worst-kept secret at MCS,” I write to inform you that Primary Teacher, Sue Ferrari, has decided to retire at the end of the current school year. In a recent letter to me, Sue wrote: “Although I am retiring from the classroom, my work in Montessori education will continue...

Kids Triathlon

The JUST TRYAN IT Kids Triathlon in Chapel Hill will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018. This kids’ triathlon is all about kids helping kids! Proceeds from the Chapel Hill event will support families in treatment for pediatric cancer in the Triangle area. All children ages 6-14 are welcome. It doesn’t matter if you are a...

PTO Chili Cook-off and Potluck Dinner

Thanks to all who participated in and attended the Chili Cook-off. It was a treat to have the Museum of Life and Science to keep busy little hands occupied between tastes of chili. And, of course, congratulations to our winner, Dave DeHarde! He canvassed hard, cooked harder, and can now rest on his chili laurels.

 “Survey says…?”

Don’t worry…I’m not about to launch into a really bad impression of Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson or Steve Harvey, for that would be an extremely ineffective way to thank all those who took the time to participate in our recent Parent Survey. In fact, there is no doubt that the most appropriate and effective way...

Teacher Spotlight – Jeff Kishpaugh

What drew you to becoming a Montessori teacher? I was working in a charter school which had a lot of great things going for it, but I was not satisfied. I thought, “There have to be better ways to do education.” I decided to visit other schools. One day, I walked into a Montessori classroom. I...

Tempera Mixing in Squares

Sometime in January, elder through 6th-grade students began to use tempera paint. As opposed to watercolor, tempera is not mixed with water and is not transparent. It is a thick, intensely colored paint, perfect for painting at the easel and for using to experiment and study color.   In order to be able to concentrate...

Teachers and Staff Montessori Durham

Teacher Spotlight – Benni Blount

Teacher Spotlight – Benni Blount, Assistant Teacher: Toddler What drew you to becoming a Montessori teacher? I love being a guide to child-led learning. Children can do so much when they are given the opportunity to show you. Describe your all-time favorite lesson or one that impassions you? My favorite lesson would have to be showing an...

Teachers and Staff Montessori Durham

Teacher Spotlight – Rochelle Hayes

Teacher Spotlight – Rochelle Hayes, Primary Teacher in 203 What drew you to becoming a Montessori teacher? I wanted to be a Montessori teacher from a very young age. I attended a Montessori school as a child and it was so much fun to be a part of that community. I loved the beauty and order...

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Alumni Update – Joe Puccio

Alumni Update – Joe Puccio Recently, Joe Puccio, 2008 graduate of our adolescent program wrote to us recently to reflect on his accomplishments and years at MCS. Quite impressive and so great to hear from him! I’m Joe Puccio, I’m 23, and I attended MCS from kindergarten through 8th grade.  At MCS, I often found myself interested...

Teachers and Staff Montessori Durham

Teacher Spotlight – Lisa Anderson

Teacher Spotlight – Lisa Anderson, Lower Elementary What drew you to becoming a Montessori teacher? When I was in college I was asked to choose an area of specialty by my advisor.  At the time I was the nanny for two boys who were attending a Montessori school, so I began to explore this methodology.  After...