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What Exactly Is Practical Life?

What Exactly Is Practical Life? By Ana Catherine Dickens-Massengill Back when I was in college, I nannied for two children who attended both the toddler and primary programs at a Montessori school. Each day that I picked them up from school I would ask, “What did you do today?”  Often the answer was, “I washed...

Inspiring Writers … and Teachers

Inspiring Writers … and Teachers By Lisa Anderson One of the greatest pleasures of my work is getting to know my students. All Montessorians are trained to observe children, but it is often what you don’t see on the surface that leads to helping each child discover his/her own gifts, talents and passions. I have always...

Joe Puccio ’08 Thriving on Entrepreneurial Energy and Empathy

Joe Puccio ’08 Thriving on Entrepreneurial Energy and Empathy By Al Daniel Coursicle, the Chapel Hill-based co-creation of Joe Puccio ’08, has not generated an original Twitter post in nearly a year. It only speaks out of necessity, and for the benefit of its customers. To that point, the college class schedule planning app last...

As a Winston-Salem Teacher, Abigail Lutz ’09 Fostering More Montessori Stories

As a Winston-Salem Teacher, Abigail Lutz ’09 Fostering More Montessori Stories By Al Daniel Every working day since Abigail Lutz ’09 graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough has been another day by her special definition of the phrase. That goes all the more for each day following her 2017 commencement at North Carolina...

Over the Sea to Skye

Over the Sea to Skye By Don Henchel Once upon a time…My dear friend and colleague, Judy Martell, had an inspired idea. Together with former MCS parent and benefactor extraordinaire, Laura Brader-Araje, they came up with the Teacher Enrichment Award (aka TEP). The idea being that after the school year was over, during the summer...

For the Dempseys, Different Dreams Signify Same MCS Roots

For the Dempseys, Different Dreams Signify Same MCS Roots By Al Daniel The Dempsey sisters have been bookending the BosWash megalopolis of late. The elder, Lucy Dempsey ’08, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away from the nation’s capital, in her first year of law school at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She ultimately hopes...

Sarah McCombie Goes from Teacher to Dream-Chaser

Sarah McCombie Goes from Teacher to Dream-Chaser By Al Daniel Sarah McCombie continues to lead by example, even after leaving her former career in education. A lifelong musician who channeled her expertise as a music teacher at the Montessori Community School for her first three years out of college, McCombie chose to follow her heart,...

Privy to the Magic

Privy to the Magic By Lisa Bohn Before I started working at MCS in September, I was somewhat familiar with Maria Montessori and her teachings but had never been in a Montessori classroom myself. I was a relative “outsider” when it came to what was happening in the classrooms at MCS but quickly fell in...

Toddlers: Order Muppets or Chaos Muppets?

Toddlers: Order Muppets or Chaos Muppets? By Lindsay Porter “Order is one of the needs of life which, when it is satisfied, produces a real happiness.” -Dr. Maria Montessori A few years ago, a new theory of personality made a brief splash on the Internet: The Muppet Theory. Basically, it’s the premise that each of...

Is It Friday Yet?

Is It Friday Yet? By Rochelle Hayes Fridays are extra special days in our classroom. Students from the Adolescent Community visit us those mornings, and it’s hard to tell who’s more excited about it, our three to six-year-olds or the adolescents! As a Primary teacher and a parent of an adolescent, watching the oldest students...