Monthly Archives: March 2015
The Montessori School of Huntsville celebrates 54 years of providing Montessori education in the Madison County community Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Join us from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. at our Huntsville campus located at 15975 Chaney Thompson Rd. We will have field day-themed games and activities for children of all ages!
Current families, alumni, and those interested in Montessori education are invited to attend!
Bring a photo, memento, or letter to enclose in a time capsule to be opened at our next Founders Day celebration in 2022!
Please share photos here for the event slideshow and help capture the exciting story of our school!
With sunshine and warmer temperatures on the horizon, we are scheduling our last few work days to complete the renovation of the Kathy O’Reilly Memorial Garden! Get Involved!
Kathy O’Reilly served MSH for over 23 years as a lead teacher, board member, and the head of school. She is fondly remembered for her generosity of spirit, delight in working with children, and abiding compassion for those in need. The Kathy O’Reilly Memorial Scholarship Fund, dedicated in her honor, provides the opportunity for children from families with limited resources to receive a Montessori education.
In 2010, a memorial garden was installed in front of our Huntsville campus. The garden consisted of several rose bushes surrounding a single crepe myrtle. While it was a beautiful feature on our campus, members of our school community wanted to re-design the garden so that children could participate in caring for the garden and apply Montessori principles of sensory exploration, practical life, and building inner peace.
In 2017, we consulted with Kathy’s daughter, Rachel, to discuss a new vision for the garden. Architect and designer John Vons, Master Gardener Nareatha Studdard, and Renaissance Man Thomas Grey joined the team, working with Rachel to design a space that honored the qualities that brought so much joy to children and families at our school for over two decades.
Kathy was deeply passionate about peace education and sharing her love of cooking with children. With this in mind, the memorial garden took the shape of a beautiful mound covered in sempervivum succulents. The mound will rise nearly three feet in the center, with a river rock path cutting through to a sitting area with a meditation bench and windchimes. Fragrant herbs will be planted around the garden for use in flower arranging, sensory activities, and cooking lessons.
We are thankful to the Jane R. Parks Foundation, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, Cawaco RC&D, Home Depot, Terrell Blue, Leela Pahl and Tyler Brown for granting funds and in-kind donations to support this project.
Ms. Lacey is a Lead Infant and Toddler Guide at MSH. Lacey received her Montessori credential from the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. In addition to leading in the toddler classroom, Lacey guides infants and their caregivers in our Montessori Mornings program.
Q: How long have you been at MSH?
So, long. I started the beginning of February 2006, so 13 years.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Knowing that I have these tiny people I get to spend my day with. I get the gift of watching them become some of the most amazing people.
There is something so magical about infants and toddlers. They are so pure, honest with every emotion. They have the most genuine expressions because they have not yet learned how society expects them to feel, they just express freely. They share joy, sadness, love, frustration, all while learning who they are in this big world around them.
Also, witnessing a child move from the unconscious absorbent mind into the conscious absorbent mind is fascinating.
Q: If you had to choose one, what is your favorite Montessori quote?
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Dr. Maria Montessori, Education and Peace
I would love to be a Toddler, in my environment. I would love to truly feel what it is like to be in our space as one of them. Imagine how much more we could learn if we saw through their eyes and in the thoughts of the Infant or Toddler.
Q: What advice do you have for parents just beginning their Montessori journey with their child?
Trust your child. Follow your child. Observe your child and their daily environments. Allow time and room for ‘mistakes’ or messes. They are ok; they are how children and people learn.
Q: Where do you see Montessori in the next 100 years?
I would LOVE to see Montessori becoming the mainstream and norm for public education. I know it would take so much work, but with the changing times and such progressive thinking about education and respect for children, it could happen.
Thank you, Lacey!