Teachers and Staff Montessori DurhamIn 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 far away on the island of Cyprus. I will be moving back to a region that I once called home and that has continually called to me. My plan is to realize a long-time dream of founding a Montessori education center in the eastern Mediterranean. Hopefully, my work will plant a few seeds of peace in the surrounding countries that continue to be the epicenter of so much conflict and human suffering in our world.”

While Sue has been with MCS for the past 19 years, her work in Montessori education stretches back to 1976, when she began her career as an Assistant Teacher at Hope Montessori Academy in Creve Coeur, MO, where studied under the legendary Pearl Vanderwall, who had trained with none other than Maria Montessori herself in the 1940s

In the late 70s and early 80s, Sue got her first taste of life overseas when she lived and worked in Beirut, Lebanon. After returning to the United States in 1984, she joined the faculty at the Montessori School of Raleigh as a Primary Guide, and she remained at MSR through the 1999-2000 school year before joining us at MCS.

“I will be forever grateful to Barbara Crockett for offering me a lead teacher position at MCS,” Sue wrote. “Throughout my long tenure, I have gained invaluable experience and knowledge through my work with my students, their parents, my esteemed colleagues and our tireless, hard-working staff. And along the way, I have made many enduring, close friendships. I know how fortunate I have been and I am very appreciative of my years here at MCS.”

We, too, of course, are very appreciative of Sue, not only for her many years of service to MCS, but also for the timing of her announcement, which will afford us plenty of time to conduct a thorough search for a new Primary teacher to join us next year.

Moreover, it is affording us time to both privately and publicly thank her for the many ways that she has contributed to MCS during her tenure here.

And with respect to that latter opportunity—namely, the “public” thanks—stay tuned!

Tim Daniel, Head of School