Testimonials for Lakewood Montessori

What's good at Lakewood Montessori Middle School

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]

“You don’t teach history, you teach a child.”

I can’t tell you much about most of my classes at the School of Education where I got my certification, but some teacher I had somewhere shared this little truism, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Sometimes, it seems, the catchy little slogans work. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t seem to be holding up too well in the era of the over-testing, STEM, and discipline-specific-instruction that has dramatically reshaped our schools. At its core, however, the advice my teacher gave me lives at the heart of every teacher I’ve ever known. Yes, we love the subjects that we teach (most of the time), but we really got into this business because we love watching young people grow and figure out just how smart and talented they are. We want to hear more about their lives. We want to give them solid and specific advice. We want to know that they can read, write, and think for themselves. We want to teach the child.

At Lakewood Montessori Middle School, they teach the child, and they’re proud about it. And they should be.

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Story from parent Molly Reingruber

I’m thrilled about the new Montessori middle school! It’s small, and the teachers are passionate, intelligent, and energetic. The same can be said for the dedicated group of pioneering parents. Although the school is linked to Watts and Morehead (those students have priority in the lottery) there is actually more slots for the school than those two schools can fill, so there will always be some room for children to come in from the community at large. This year the 6th graders have their own wing at Watts while the renovation is completed at the Lakewood YMCA building. We only have about 70 6th graders, so we’re looking for more kids to join the 7th grade next year! The lottery will be accepting applications for rising 6th and 7th graders for the 2011-12 year, probably in January.

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