The Heart is the Center
Ask any Evergreen student to find her heart, and she’ll immediately put a hand to her chest.
Our children seem to naturally know that the heart is the center of life and love.
It is the same way with our school. Ask any parent where to find the heart of Evergreen and consistently you’ll hear: it’s the teachers. Each teacher is guided by a passion for children, a passion for the Montessori philosophy, and a passion for the Evergreen community. While each brings his or her own unique personality to the classroom, each shares the same deep commitment to helping children develop confidence, independence and competency in a safe and loving atmosphere.
Day in and day out we seem the wisdom of Dr. Montessori’s methods in action. For a child to become strong and self-sufficient, he must engage in meaningful, challenging activities within his “zone of proximal development”—i.e., between what he can do with help and what he can do without. Knowing that a kind and supportive teacher is always nearby allows children to feel secure no matter the task at hand. And because our teachers know each student so well, the child’s work is always set to the right level of challenge.
I am grateful that the Evergreen community shares my appreciation for our teachers. Thanks to your generous support of the For’Ever Fund, two teachers were able to receive Montessori training and others were able to attend the American Montessori Society Annual Conference in Philadelphia this year. At the conference connected with other Montessori teachers from around the world, learned about the latest developments in education and renewed their commitment to the ideals of Dr. Montessori. Professional development is one of the most important ways that Evergreen has been able to maintain the strength of our program and remain the premier Montessori program in our area.
Supporting our exceptional faculty takes the commitment of our entire school community. Thanks to our teachers’ work, Evergreen continues to make a difference in our children’s lives.