I have been associated with Waterfront Montessori as a parent since 2004. My son was a toddler enrolled in the first batch of their launch year. He loved the school and was always excited to begin his day with all the activities that the school provided for him. He often spoke of staying longer at school and we observed him getting self-aware, confident and willing to take risks at a very young age.
As time passed my younger daughter also enrolled at the school and I have seen both my children blossom into eager learners. She was a slow reader to begin with and the teachers encouraged her to such an extent that by the age of five she was confident and fluent. Teachers at Waterfront are very lovable and have treated both my children with patience and kindness. The school has encouraged them to enjoy research and pursue every opportunity to learn more about things they are interested in.
Watching my children growing into passionate learners, I became deeply excited about the Montessori pedagogy and started developing an interest in the method of education. As I observed more, I realized what a difference the school made in the life of all the children who attended the school and felt a need to be a part of this environment. I have not regretted this decision even once.
As a teacher, I was given every opportunity for growth: I was offered guided insight and a mentor who helped me while I was an Assistant Teacher at Primary level. The Head of School arranged for Primary Training at the school that opened new doors and helped my transition to a Leading Classroom teacher. Many such opportunities have come my way which have facilitated my growth to my current position as an Upper Elementary Coordinator. The school recognizes talent and values building relationships.
I have been on either side of the equation and have viewed the school as a parent and as a teacher. Although I will say that life as a teacher is very different from what a parent may perceive, the school has eased this transition for me. I am very secure in my role as a parent and a teacher and I have always been able to find a balance in my work and personal life. Not only am I assured that my own children are secure and taken care of, but also am I thrilled at the prospect of making a difference in the life of many other children. My son graduated from Waterfront Montessori two years ago and is a sophomore now. Even today he is loyal to Waterfront Montessori and asks why the school does not start offering high school courses. He would return in a heartbeat. My daughter is in Middle School and loves coming to school every day. She is challenged and very excited to learn and be in seventh grade.
I hope Waterfront Montessori continues to grow, achieve greater heights and is able to make a difference in the lives of many more children and their parents for years to come.