Our primary mission is to provide a prepared Montessori environment that is nurturing, consistent and safe, and to aspire to serve the total development of the child. Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday learning. Students thrive because they are allowed to develop at their own pace in an inviting and intimate setting.
The Montessori Education was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952).
Dr. Montessori believed that self motivation is the only valid impulse to learning. Her philosophy focuses on the developmental needs of the child with the freedom to explore within limits. Her philosophy focuses on quality not quantity.
Our full-day programs (Toddlers' and Children's House) focus on the Montessori curriculum. Here the students are engaged in a full day of learning in our "prepared environment" (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Cultural). The classroom is designed to appeal to the child. Furniture is child-sized, lessons within reach. This aids in the facilitation of the child's independence and development. The students are presented with opportunities to explore, become independent and make decisions. The teacher is the link between the child and the materials and guides the child towards constructive exploration. Here, self-control is developed and concepts are perfected and mastered. Hours for our full day programs are 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The transitional after School program operates from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. This program is available to our full day Montessori students as well as students from our local area schools. Students enter into either Program I (3-5 years old) or Program II (6-12 years old). Students in Program I have the benefit of interacting with Montessori activities and lessons. Our Program II students have opportunities to benefit from our homework sessions and tutorial programs.
For an adventurous summer, you would want to be a part of NMA's Summer Program The program operates from mid-June through the end of August. Students experience 10 weeks of educational fun-filled sessions. Our students engage in swimming, summer reading programs, movies, sports, and so much more.
Each program offers our students nutritional USDA approved meals (Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy prohibit discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability). Our full day students benefit from family style dining, table setting activities, and lessons in grace and courteous.
Michel Griffin-Mitchell, Directress
Mrs.Griffin-Mitchell is a graduate of Norfolk State University. She is Montessori certified through the National Center for Montessori Education, (AMS). Mrs. Griffin-Mitchell has worked with children in various settings for over 20 years. She has four (4) children and a grandson. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Education. Mrs. Griffin-Mitchell is an active member in her community. She loves gardening, exercising, and cooking for her family.
Anita Scott brings over 15 years of early childhood experience to the environment. She is certified in Early Childhood Education. She is continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education, working towards her B.S. Degree. Ms. Nita has two (2) children and one(1) grandson.
Dawntenai Ramseyis a recent graduate of TCC and holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood. Miss Ramsey interned with us and decided to stay on and co-teach along side Ms. Griffin-Mitchell. Her sweet, calming spirit is a plus in any Montessori environment.
Henreese Clark has over 5 years of dedication and commitment to our Montessori program. Mrs. Clark is the first person you meet upon entering "Our School, Our World". Her outgoing positive personality provides warmth, love and energy to parents, students and staff. She is a recent graduate of TCC and is currently pursuing a business degree at NSU with a minor in ECE.
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