Jennifer Hillegas Mother of current primary student
“We love the Montessori way of learning. Our son has been attending for two years now, and he loves his teacher and his school. We love the way that the individual child’s interests are cultivated and each child learns self discipline and respect for others.”
Shay Ray Mother of MSR graduates and grandmother of current student
“One of the best decisions I ever made in my life was sending Braylen to the Montessori School of Rome. Such a blessing to have him taught and loved by such wonderful people. “
Elisa Montanaro 2009 Graduate of MSR
“I began MSR in the toddler program, and I was in Ms. Kumar’s last Primary class. On my first day in her class, she discovered within three hours that I needed glasses, and it changed my life. As a +8 power in glasses, I desperately needed them. After the world wasn’t just a big shadow, I really began learning. Montessori made my childhood experiences fun, and I learned so much without even realizing it. There were some tears in Lower El as the work expectations increased, but I am so thankful my parents stuck it out and listened to Ms. Dolores and Ms. Diane that I could do the work. They believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself, and I left Lower Elementary ready for the challenging program of Upper Elementary. That’s what we called the pinnacle where it all came together for some of the best days of my education so far. I’m still disappointed that there wasn’t an adolescent program for my group! I told Ms. Shemi to please begin the adolescent program again because she should offer the opportunity of a Montessori education for as many years as possible. When I graduated and went to Darlington, I really began to understand just how valuable my education had been–not just academically but because it taught me to be confident in my abilities and face the challenges of middle school and high school with the skills I needed. Now, I attend Belmont University where I am pursuing a Music Business degree. I am so grateful for my Montessori education, and my advice is to stay in the MSR bubble as long as you can! It’s a great place to learn!”
Isabella Carlton 2012 Graduate
“Montessori is the root of my education. I learned things much differently than students in traditional classes. The teacher/student interaction has helped spur my success. I learned math facts, geography, and many other things using manipulatives. I learned how to step up and not be too shy in front of crowds, and I learned how to voice my opinion without being concerned about others’ opinions of me. This has helped me succeed both in the classroom, and beyond, and for this I am grateful.”
Michael Montanaro Class of 2007
“The Montessori method helped develop my entrepreneurial spirit. As a founding member of The Breakfast Box and The Lunch Box, I learned how to run a small business and reach our goals by working together. In my 9th grade year, we made enough money from our business to take a trip to the Grand Canyon and hike down into the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Knowing we earned the money ourselves through our business was an incredible feeling. I graduated from Darlington in 2010 and graduated from Berry in 2014 with a B.S. in Finance, but I credit my years at Montessori with developing my ability to think creatively and enjoy the process of learning. I work at Mannington Industries in customer service where my early foundations and work ethic help me achieve success daily. Ms. Shemi, when I have children, I’m sending them to you for their education! Get ready!”
Evelyn Schlitz Evelyn Schlitz, 4th year Upper Elementary student
I love school. I love school so much because of my teachers. My teachers were very kind, friendly, careful, fun and even more things. I go to MSR (Montessori School of Rome) which is the best and I think will always be the best school I will ever go to. When I was told I was going to move, I was excited but very sad that I had to move schools. Montessori School of Rome is my second home. Even when it gets hard, I love it. I like how we can be on our own level, and we have responsibility. At our school, we are taught how to be when we grow up.
The best teachers I had were in this school. I love our principal. She is funny, and she likes us. Some of my best friends are here. Our teachers guide us through and give us lessons when we need them. No only is this place my home, it’s the place I love to be. My favorite place there is the library. I love the librarian, Ms. Carol. She lets me come a lot. I also just love being around her.
So I would love to stay at this school. Thank you, Ms. Shemi for making a small place something big.
Nicholas Carlton Class of 2010, received nominations to US Naval Academy and Merchant Marines
“Having graduated from Montessori, I am aware nearly every school day of a keen desire to return to a Montessori-type environment. I had some of the greatest teachers I will ever have while at MSR. I was wonderfully prepared for my middle and high school careers. It is impossible for me to fully put into words the quality and the well-rounded nature of the education I received from Montessori.”
Lelia Stina Mother of current primary student
“When I became a mom and the time came to send my child to be in someone else’s hand, I asked myself how Luca will spend his days. After researching the Montessori method, I realized it is not only an educational process for your child, but also for yourself. The focus is on educating your child and helping develop parenting skills. There is a partnership between the school, the parent, and the child. I believe that the best investment to the future is education. So, Luca began MSR at the age of 18 months.
I have seen my child grow and develop beautifully. At the age of 5, his vocabulary, social skills, and understanding of life is quite impressive. I remember when Ms. Shannon, two months before Luca’s 3rd birthday, prepared Luca for a big step towards achieving self-independence. She also helped me work with him as he became potty trained!
The MRS community is an invaluable resource which we enjoy. The other parents become familiar with one another as we share our daily life routines. We have joy and peace that our children are being educated with kindness, knowledge and by guides who have a true love for children.
My Luca is a happy boy, who loves his teachers, enjoys going to school, and learns to treat living and non-living things with respect and kindness. All the structure and techniques through the years have helped Luca develop confidence, curiosity, and a love of learning while having fun.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the job of MSR educators give every day; surely you won’t regret it either.”
Kaylie Martin, Secondary student
I have been a student here since I was eighteen months old, and through my time here, I have experienced events such as International Day, Historical Timeline, and May Day that are unique to this school. Montessori has shaped me into the person I am today by helping me develop personal responsibility and a strong work ethic.
At Montessori, I formed a close connection with my teachers and classmates of all ages, allowing me to feel a sense of community. Because of our emphasis on community service, our school makes us feel we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.
The one on one time available with our teachers helps secure the foundations that will develop the child’s love of learning. These are all important skills in helping the child grow successfully into a mature, young adult, something that is difficult to find anywhere else.
Denise Mullaney Montessori Parent
“The commitment of the teachers as they guide our children toward the path of a love of learning, and an environment devoted to diversity, curiosity, and creativity are just a few reasons we love this school. To watch our daughters delight in a discovery over something they have learned, or take pride in an accomplishment and then to take that confidence and use it to help other students in nurturing, encouraging ways is simply beautiful to observe as a parent. Our girls are growing into thoughtful, creative, caring citizens of the world, and we are grateful to Montessori School of Rome for fostering an environment for that to happen.”