“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.” – Pauline Kezer
In schools everywhere May is poignant time. Graduations mark milestones that are exciting for the student moving forward, but so bittersweet for the teachers and families who still see the student as a young child. Here at MSH we are not sending our students out into the world, but instead we are bridging to new classrooms and new schools. We still feel the same pride and love for those we serve and the sting of sadness as we must say goodbye.
This May we will bridge in other ways. We say goodbye to our dear friend, Tinsley as she bridges from our assistant head of school to the world of parenthood. While we know that being a mom is the most important job in the world, we already feel the loss that will follow when she says goodbye on May 23. She is a cheerleader for MSH and the Montessori Method. Although you won’t see her sweet smile each morning, you can rest assured she will be cheering us on and spreading the seeds of Montessori in our community.
You may have noticed a recent change at the reception desk at MSH. I am excited to welcome Jennifer Stark to the role of Administrative Assistant. She has already started in this position and I can see the great heights that she will help us reach. After working as an extended care teacher and part-time office manager, we are happy to welcome her full-time to the administrative team. We will put her degree in English to great use in the many hats she will wear in her new job.
In addition, we will have 2 more joining the team. Karen Nielsen and Adriane Castro will both serve as part-time office managers. Both bring so many wonderful skills to the position. Adriane brings her experience as a registered nurse, along with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Her focus will be ensuring all DHR, Health Department and other regulatory agencies’ standards are met or exceeded, as well as chairing the fundraising committee. Karen brings her accounting degree and interior design experience and will focus on accounting, serving as librarian (a job she has voluntarily fulfilled all year), and chairing the legacy committee. The legacy committee will have the daunting task of preparing for MSH’s 50th anniversary in 2015.
Change is part of life. However, the seeds of learning, community and friendship planted here at MSH will continue to grow and thrive. Time spent in a Montessori school ensures deep roots grown in the soil of creativity, independence and self-efficacy. As our little saplings enter their new stages of life, we look forward to watching them bloom!
Allison MacKenzie, Head of School