"I was once lost, but now I am found." This quote most accurately describes my feelings pursuing this specific Montessori track certification; especially while raising four young children at home, simultaneously. I was raised by a very Italian, Catholic family, The Orsini family, who descended from a Famous Pope, "Pope Orsini." My mother then died, when I was nine years old, and my understanding of my Italian heritage had been lost and forgotten; for the most part, after my father married her nurse two months after she died. But, from what I gather in her journals and a book she had published called, “The Orsini Family,“ she learned of Maria Montessori's effective learning techniques derived from Italy and was adamant that my sister and I, would attend a Montessori school. And although, I do not have many memories at all before the age of nine, I do recall specific Montessori tools and their lifelong affect on my life, which will be imprinted in mind indefinitely.
And so, I have Always attributed my successes in education to Montessori, beginning from the very start when I was placed immediately into “Gifted and Talented” programs in First Grade, and that superiority carried all the way through to a double major in Business from the Honor’s College. I always had a deep appreciation for the foundation I developed at Montessori, and knew I would have never been so successful in my schooling; after dealing with the death of my mother and then a new stepmother forced upon me, had it not been for those critical years of development, which I accredit to Montessori.
And this is why, I knew it was imperative to send my children to a Montessori school, no matter what it took, believing the benefits would pay forward tenfold, as it did for me. Now, my girls are attending Bridges Montessori, in Stuart, and I took one step onto the campus and it is was like a light shined down; almost like it was my mother twinkling in the sky, showing me, Finally,...
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