Dear Fellow Montessori Alum,
How many times have you heard the question: What is Montessori? Ever since I finished my 9th year at Hudson Montessori School in 2001, friends, teachers and employers have seemed to love that question. It's always difficult for me to answer this question because for me, one or two sentences describing the Montessori Method wouldn't do it justice. How do you describe your educational experience at a school like Montessori?
Maria Montessori once said, Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment. When I look back on my educational experiences during those 9 years, I don't remember exactly what my teachers instructed or what I read in books; I remember shapes by the metal insets, cubes by the pink tower, addition by the bead frame and cursive handwriting by the sandpaper letters.
I know that I wouldn't be anywhere close to the person I am today without the fundamentals that I gained through my years at Hudson Montessori School. I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I was to be able to attend this school (and frankly how jealous I am that I couldn't have Mrs. Ludick for Middle School!). I have watched my little school grow from when I was in preschool with Mrs. McCarthy in 1992. I have seen the addition of new, wonderful teachers, the middle school, the renovations of the main building, the summer camp programs, the after school programs the list goes on. I have remained actively involved with the advancement of the school over the years, and I encourage all of you to stay engaged with Montessori.
If there is any advice that I can give you from my experiences since Montessori, it is: If there's something that you believe in strongly, show it. The Montessori Method, advancement in the education system, ethical business, art, music, sports (yes, even the Cleveland Browns), or whatever it is that you enjoy and/or support, do something about it. Learn about it. Experience it. Then educate others about it. I believe in equal rights across the world, so I drove to D.C. to rally and march against the genocide in Darfur, Africa. I believe in the culture and advancement of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, so I spent time helping to rebuild the area. I believe in Montessori, and I show that by supporting events and giving a small amount of money to the Hudson Montessori Annual Fund every year.
Because of donations from individuals, families and organizations, Hudson Montessori School has grown tremendously since I first stepped into it. And as a marathon begins with one step, I have seen firsthand how every little bit adds up to make a vital difference in the school.
Please show that you believe in the Montessori Method and the advancement of Hudson Montessori School by staying involved with the school, its teachers and staff, its activities and programs, and its message. Keep in touch, and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!
Yours in experiencing all you can,
Elon University 2011