Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Month 8 School of the Day: MONTESSORI SCHOOLS OF FLAGSTAFF

- Jeremy Adair

My first introduction to the Montessori philosophy was when I sent my
children to pre school at the West Side Montessori Preschool. It was a
great experience for them and gave them a solid independent start to
their education. My daughter is now a Montessori teacher at Haven
Montessori. It was 20 years ago that I started my first year of
teaching art at the Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff. Teaching
art has been an amazing experience for me. I run into children I have
taught over the years that are now in collage or beginning their
careers as young adults. It has been fun to watch numerous children
and their siblings grow to be young inspiring adults.

Jim and Marlane Spencer were the original founders of the Montessori
Schools of Flagstaff. They had a vision and went to work to create an
amazing learning environment for the young children of F-lagstaff 30
some years ago. Our school is currently under new management as Jim
and Marlane have retired but their dreams for educating young children
continues to grow.

Our current director Kim Loaiza is highly educated in the Montessori
philosophy which is implemented in all of our classrooms by our
amazing teachers and staff. Our administration is always willing to
give immense support to the teachers, students,and parents that are a
part of the community at Montessori Charter School.

Art Music and Spanish are important components of the curriculum at Montessori.
As the art teacher, I am greeted each morning by beautiful, respectful
and enthusiastic young children ready to create their own masterpiece.
Teaching art for grades 1-8  really gives me the chance to challenge
each and every student with the knowledge of art and its history
through the techniques and numerous projects we explore each year. It
is amazing to see their work develop and their confidence soar from
year to year. It has been a great pleasure to work all of the years
for such an amazing school.

For more information on Montessori Schools of Flagstaff, please visit http://flagmontessori.com

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