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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
Dr. Maria Montessori
While assigned to oversee children committed to an "insane asylum," she became convinced that these children could learn if given the proper tools. She devised a number of sensorial and child-sized teaching materials and then supervised and observed them in practice with the mentally impaired residents in her charge.
She was so surprised at how much these children could learn that she decided to devote all her energies to education and returned to study at the University of Rome. Her teaching methods and materials evolved and not surprisingly proved even more effective with non-impaired children. Word of her work spread rapidly. Visitors from all over the world came to observe the Montessori schools. This celebrity status launched Dr. Montessori into a life of world travel during which she established schools and teacher training centers, lectured and wrote. The first comprehensive account of her work, The Montessori Method, was published in 1909.
"If young people are to meet the challenge of survival that faces them today, it is imperative that they develop to the fullest extent possible their potential for creativity, initiative, independence, inner discipline, and self confidence. This is the central focus of Montessori education."
Dr. Montessori's visionary ideas remain viable concepts that have profoundly influenced the entire educational landscape.