Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Dear Mr. Varasteh,
Within the last year I have had the opportunity to visit your school on three separate occasions. Two of those visits were unannounced. Once during the summer and another in
the fall. During those visits I was amazed at the predominant mood of calmness in all the
classrooms and the concentration displayed by the students as they worked.
Both visits were for over an hour during which time I was fortunate to be able to observe Ms. Aida and Ms. Anne's classes. In Ms. Aida's class the students were completely absorbed in their individual work. Several children were adding using the golden bead materials, another with the world map, one with the moveable alphabet, etc. The teachers were assisting various children where needed and Ms. Aida was giving a presentation. As I viewed the class, I thought this is surely how Maria Montessori intended her method to work!
The work time came to an end and the transition from work time to recess was very calm and controlled. Each child putting away their work neatly and leaving the room with everything in its place! Ms. Anne's class was in the process of having a snack. This class was younger in age yet I observed a respect for the teacher as well as the teacher/or the students. During my visits I did not spend a lot of time in the toddler classroom but I do remember one little girl hugging the teacher as she left the circle. She was obviously "at home" in her school environment and loved her teacher.
My last visit was to conduct a teacher training seminar on December 19th. While conducting this seminar I was able to visit with your staff and observe their dedication to teaching and their apparent wish to become even better at their chosen profession. During the last nine years I have visited many schools as a Montessori Teacher Trainer and I have taught for over 23 years! Your school is definitely one of the best that I have ever seen in the field of classroom management!
Thank you for the opportunity to work with your staff. It was truly a privilege. May 2004 be a wonderful year for you and your school community.
Montessori Pre-Primary Teacher Trainer
Collin County Community College