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!”
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!”
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. “
Anna Loyd 2009 Graduate
“The friendships and memories I made during my nine years at Montessori will last a lifetime. I will always cherish the hands on experience and amazing atmosphere Montessori offered; there’s no place like it! Being able to say I have had the same best friend for fifteen years through Montessori is quite remarkable. I can’t thank the incredible teachers enough for pushing me to excel and doing my best. Attending Montessori was a wonderful experience that I will always appreciate.”
Blair R. Carter, Parent and former student
As a new parent, I was very excited to have the opportunity to send our son to Montessori School of Rome. It was something very special to me as I went to this same Montessori School at the same location over 30 years ago.
I’m happy to report that our son has excelled since day one! His communication and listening skills improve daily. His independence, confidence and problem solving abilities are well beyond what any parent could ask for at his age. The way he processes everything that goes on around him is incredible, sometimes even scary.
I’m a firm believer that his development is due, mostly in part, to Montessori School of Rome and the wonderful teachers and staff that care for him. We are forever grateful.
Blair R. Carter
Jessica Mauer former student
“I will always remember getting to pick the sun on my birthday and doing the birthday walk! I also remember the peace rug and working out difficulties with my classmates. This approach helped me to problem solve and build relationships. I bonded with my classmates in such a unique environment that has led to friendships which have lasted through the years. Doing the golden chain in the lobby was one of my favorite memories!”
Bridget Ivey Montessori Graduate
“I enjoyed being able to work at my own pace without feeling pressured. After I graduated from MSR and went to middle school, I was surprised at how far ahead I was in my studies. Also, I noticed my work ethic was strong, and my thinking patterns were more independent than some of my classmates. Recently, I was admitted to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and I know that my foundations will help me during the difficult journey ahead!”
Chase Watterson Chase Watterson, parent of Tripp and Annie
“There’s no better environment for a young impressionable mind than the Montessori School of Rome. The self-guided discipline the students receive here serve them for a lifetime. My children have benefited greatly from their Montessori foundations, and when I work with these students, I benefit as well. I’m amazed by their curiosity, wonder and appetite for learning new things.
The Montessori teachings are for every child to lay the foundation of learning. In a society of dependent thinkers, the method creates independent thinkers which is invaluable to society.”
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.”
Lana Jones Montessori Parent
“Montessori School of Rome has been such a blessing to our family! Owen has been at MSOR for two years. When I was offered a new job in Floyd County last year, my first thought was “Who will take care of my son?” Several of my friends children went to MSOR, but my husband and I were very worried about the change. On our first visit we were welcomed with smiles and reassured that Owen would be taken care of. We could not ask for a better educational experience for our son! We love and appreciate our MSOR family!”