By Michelle Reader, Lower Elementary Teacher
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.
By Ana Catherine Dickens-Massengill, Primary Teacher
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 the tables,” or “I baked the bread” and I thought ‘what is this amazing preschool where kids bake bread, wash tables, and polish shoes?’
By Lisa Anderson, Lower Elementary Teacher
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.
By Don Henchel, Upper Elementary Teacher
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 months, teachers needed recharging.
By Lisa Bohn, Office Manager
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.
By Lindsay Porter, Toddler Teacher
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 us is primarily an Order Muppet (rule-following, organized, risk-averse) or a Chaos Muppet (spontaneous, emotional, a bit volatile).
By Rochelle Hayes, Primary Teacher
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!
By Jeff Kishpaugh, Upper Elementary Teacher
A central idea in Montessori education is that “the child creates the adult” – that is, that the child, through her/his work, is creating the adult that s/he will become.
By Keturah Russell, Assistant Head of School for Academic Programs and Support; Toddler, Primary, and Lower Elementary Program Director
At Montessori Community School sixth grade is the last year of the elementary program. Our accrediting agency, the American Montessori Society, endorses sixth grade as an important “capstone” year of developmental maturation.
By Sabine Howe, Physical Education Specialist
One of the events particularly unique to MCS is our Upper Elementary (UEL) Mini Olympics.