The Montessori Difference

You’ve heard of Montessori schools in passing, but have you ever stopped to explore this innovative form of education? Before sending your child off to our private elementary school, we feel it’s best for parents to learn more about this effective pedagogical mode.

Montessori schools emphasize learning through all five senses, not just listening, watching, and reading. Our students are granted the opportunity to learn at their own pace, according to their own interests. Every day, your child will engage in a series of activities that peak their interests, rather than following a static lesson plan.

Our instructors feel that learning should be an exciting process of discovery, which ultimately leads to concentration, motivation, and self-discipline. Keeping this in mind, our curriculum takes an entirely different approach to education than standard private and catholic institutions.

Dr. Maria Montessori – A True Innovator

Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, philosopher, and humanitarian. Not only was she the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome La Sapienza Medical School, but she’s also recognized as the very first female doctor in Italy. Above all else, Dr. Montessori made major contributions to the world of childhood education.

Dr. Maria Montessori was quoted as saying, "education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment." Keeping this in mind, our Montessori school provides all students with a wide variety of materials that are used to direct the interests of the individual and to nurture development.

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Be sure to reach out to one of our friendly representatives if you reside in Palo Alto, CA; San Jose, CA; or Pleasanton, CA. Our knowledgeable representatives are always standing by to address your requests!

Management

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Kim Kostepen, M.A.

Director, Palo Alto Center

Kim earned her Preschool Montessori Certification from the Maria Montessori Institute in London.

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Linda Paz, B.A.

Director of Emerson School

Linda is the director of Emerson School. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies...

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Jo Anne Camara, M.Ed.

Director of Hacienda School

Jo Anne earned her master's degree while receiving her AMS Montessori training at the College of Notre ..

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Charles D. Bernstein, Ph.D.

President of Early Learning Institute

Chuck Bernstein is the creator of the HeadsUp!® Approach to early learning and president of Early Learning Institute...

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Danielle Ewing, B.A.

Director, San Jose Center

Danielle holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She obtained her Montessori certificate...

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Imelda Acosta, B.A.

Director, Pleasanton Center

Imelda earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Philippines. She completed both...

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