Dr. Ingrid Tucker's Remarks at the 50th Anniversary Gala

March 26, 2014

Good Evening CMS Family and Friends,

It is such an honor and privilege to be in one room with people from all walks of life who share a common thread, Cambridge Montessori. I thank God for giving us such a beautiful day to celebrate fifty years of excellence in education and leaving an indelible mark wherever any of the CMS family members decide to plant our roots. 

I am fascinated by the significance of roots. They are essential. First, they help to set the foundation for what you plant. Roots extract certain nutrients out of the soil so the plant can live and grow, which is why you need water at the bottom of the plant. The water helps to saturate the roots, which anchor the tree. Roots expand in many different directions; these directions are referred to as branches.

For the past year and a half my staff and I have been doing our best to reach out the roots and branches of the CMS family tree. I was always taught to know your history is to know yourself. Roots are history. Today, I had the pleasure of having lunch with the first head of School, JackieScott--one word, not two. I was on the edge of my seat basking in the many stories that she shared about our humble beginnings and the saturation process of the CMS roots. She, like so many people in this room, has played a significant role in the evolution of our school. I am blessed to stand on the shoulders of giants who have paved the way for our future. 

When I became the Head of School just three years ago, the community was seeking further clarification of the direction in which we would go. We gathered the entire community to discuss our values, goals, hopes and dreams. At the end of the three-month process, we implemented a three-year strategic plan. I am pleased to announce that we have made significant progress since then. We have achieved a healthy fiscal position, the highest enrollment and the highest retention in the school’s history! In the fall we are adding a third elementary classroom and we continue to invest in professional development for our teachers. This growth and achievement represents the work of a village. 

There certainly have been some challenges along the way, but anything worth having is worth fighting for.  Tonight we are celebrating our past, our present and our future. We are fortunate enough to have our roots and branches right here in this room. Interestingly, I learned that the most important thing about roots is that even if you cut them down, they don’t die (without a fight). They multiply! This is the year of multiplication. We will continue to expand. Our future is very bright! And we are so grateful that you have chosen to be a part of saturating our roots!

Happy 50th Birthday Cambridge Montessori!

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