Pictured is Maeve Kelly, TMA ‘07, as she rings the bell last December to officially complete 27 months of Peace Corps service. Maeve is completing a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development and has been living in Paraguay, working with indigenous farmers and students to develop sustainable agricultural practices. Maeve attributes her interest and degrees in Anthropology, International Studies and Sustainable Development to her teachers at TMA, who ignited a love for other cultures through a wide view of the world and the belief that she could have a positive impact on it.
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...The quick answer is, “Too many to fit into one edition of Mustang Minutes.” Not only is Montessori philosophy and methodology inherently beneficial to children, the things that are unique about TMA build on that philosophy to offer value that reaches beyond the classroom. For the uninitiated, a Montessori classroom looks very different from what most of us who attended more traditional schools are familiar with. And those differences can lead us to wonder how exactly this whole Montessori thing actually works. From students spending three years in one classroom, to the individualized work plans, to the lack of traditional grading, if you haven’t seen the successes, or understand the reasoning, you likely have questions.
That’s why each year, as we approach re-enrollment time, I like to meet with parents who have those questions, to not only put their minds at ease, but to work to build a movement. A Montessori education is not just good for some children, but rather for all children in its differentiated academic approach and focus on the whole child. Student-centric and meeting children where they are, Montessori methods guide students to develop a love of learning, a respect for knowledge and to feel valued and capable. That’s what we do, and that’s why our students go on to successful and happy lives. So if you have questions, let’s grab coffee. Click here to get on my schedule, call me directly, or contact Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further assistance in setting up a time for you and me to get together. Help us grow the movement!