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For Lucia Craige ‘12, ’Excitement’ Conquers ‘Apprehension’ in New Experiences

For Lucia Craige ‘12, ’Excitement’ Conquers ‘Apprehension’ in New Experiences By Al Daniel Lucia Craige ’12 was at the Montessori Community School for two years, enrolling in and graduating from the Adolescent Community. Yet so much has stuck with her since that relatively short chapter in her education. To match that deceptive narrowness, one can...

Jackson Asaro ’14 Going Strong As an Oxford Undergrad

Jackson Asaro ’14 Going Strong As an Oxford Undergrad By Al Daniel Being stateside last month for a spring “holiday” and taking the opportunity to kick back and watch his beloved Duke Blue Devils reach the NCAA Men’s Elite Eight was a rare moment of downtime for Jackson Asaro ’14. It also marked one of...

Trevor Howarth ’09 Looks to Keep Learning While Developing His Inner Mentor

Trevor Howarth ’09 Looks to Keep Learning While Developing His Inner Mentor By Al Daniel The too-late-for-his-time arrival of an Ultimate Frisbee team may be Trevor Howarth’s greatest regret regarding the Montessori Community School. During this calendar decade, he and his pre-K-through-adolescence alma mater took up the game separately. While he devoted his extracurricular minutes...

The Fire

The Fire By Michelle Reader Doctrina Lux Mentis. That is the motto of my undergraduate alma mater, Centre College. Translated from Latin, it reads “Learning is the Light of the Mind”. Our motto was represented by a striking metal flame sculpture found at the heart of the campus. During my Montessori training, I first read...

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...