How did you first become involved with Montessori education?
I became aware of Montessori education in the 1980s when my brother attended a Montessori preschool program, I was a pre-teen, but even then the school seemed like a magical place where children were immersed into tiny real-life settings. They could sweep the floor, cut an apple or read in a chair just their size. I remember thinking how lucky he was to have that little school. Fast forward to choosing an educational path for my own son, Lena spoke so highly of MSGL that I began researching the programs offered. I selected MSGL because of the school's focus on the process of learning and the quality teachers we employ.
How do you think a Montessori education benefits children?
The ability for children to choose their path in discovery of the classroom materials and progress at their own pace is part of an important developmental process. I am always impressed by the students’ critical thinking skills when I interact with them.
What is your most memorable moment at MSGL?
During a classroom observation, I witnessed a third year student patiently wait for a younger student to share a work involving a marble. After an appropriate pause, the older student asked the younger if he could also hold the marble and share the work. The younger refused to share, despite the older really wanting to be part of the work. The older student shrugged and said to me, “He just isn’t ready to share yet.” and he moved onto another project. This showed me the value of different age groups interacting in the classroom together and how our kids move through the levels of proficiency in the classroom; Presented, Practiced and Proficient.