Our key goals for the children are to nurture them for
- Self-motivation and self-responsibility and
- Empathy for others and understanding for their surroundings.
In order to achieve these goals, all of our lead teachers are Montessori certified from American Montessori Association (AMA) or North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) or Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) founded by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Heritage Montessori provides teachers with the following:
- Training through additional classes,
- Weekly report from the academic director about their effectiveness in each classroom,
- An all day long yearly conference where they get to hear from an outside consultant and share their experiences with them,
- Video training throughout,
- Mentoring by senior lead teacher.
- In some instances, the school sponsors the teacher’s training and certification.
We value the experience and dedication our lead teachers bring to the class room. So guess what? As opposed to many day-cares or Montessori schools, we pay our lead teachers a salary rather than an hourly wage. Our lead teachers are paid higher than other schools but at the same time, the school demands much more from each teacher. We expect each teacher to introduce new curriculums in each classroom to be eligible for yearly bonuses and any salary increases. These are things other schools and day-care don’t want to talk about, but we feel this differentiates our school from all other schools and day-cares and creates a win-win for teachers and parents.
Contrary to traditional day-cares or schooling, our Montessori method is centered on the activities the children perform rather than the activities of the teacher in the classroom. The teacher’s role is to observe each child and provide safety, comfort, guidance, strength and coaching to each individual child, according to their individual needs.
Our classrooms are designed such a way with a lot of materials that it presents great opportunities for each child to learn LITERALLY at each step-of-the-way. The teacher is the link between the children and the Montessori materials. Our teachers are knowledgeable on the significance and objective behind each and every Montessori material.
Our teachers are trained to be attentive and sensitive to continuously evaluate the growth of each child as to feed them with challenging and rewarding activities. They are trained to be compassionate yet disciplined, just and active, creative and truthful. They must provide each child with the necessary balance to build the trust and confidence necessary to achieve independence and continuous learning.
Heritage Montessori’s top priority is the quality of it’s teachers. Each environment (Toddler and Primary) is headed by a certified Montessori teacher, with at least five years of Montessori teaching experience. Assistant to the teachers are preferentially also certified or in the process of obtaining certification.
“The teacher’s role is to observe each individual child and provide safety, comfort, guidance, strength and coaching.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori