Board Chair Reflection

October 28, 2014

It is hard to believe that we are already more than a quarter of the way into our school year and 2015 is on the horizon. I am not sure where the time goes. In the blink of an eye my children have grown from Green Room toddlers to Lower Elementary students. What’s next—college? Oddly enough, my third grader, Jack, was asking me about college the other day. He wondered why we picked Cambridge Montessori School for him and if he would he get into a good college. Although my first reaction was concern that a third grader is stressed about college, I quickly stepped into action to answer this question.

I told Jack about my experience as a Montessori student. I attended Thomas Aquinas Montessori School in Alexandria, Virginia through third grade. This experience is by far the most vivid educational experience in my life. I still remember the checkerboard, that a red circle is a verb and more importantly, that learning is inspiring, fun and a community experience. My only regret about attending a Montessori school is that I was not able to attend the school longer. I always knew that when I had kids it was non negotiable – they would attend a Montessori school. 

Although I would like to think that Mom attending Montessori was enough of a selling point, I decided to go to the real source—the Internet. I found a great Wall Street Journal article about the benefits of a Montessori education, including the piece de resistance that the founders of Google credit their Montessori education as a major factor behind their success (The Montessori Mafia, April 5, 2011). Jack was sold.

This exercise ended up not only answering Jack’s question but also reminding me of why our family is at CMS. The Montessori experience is a powerful one and the sense of community, diversity and love of learning our school embodies cannot be replicated.

As I enter my second year as Board Chair, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose and excitement. I recently had the opportunity to meet individually with each member of our Leadership Team. There are some new faces and some veterans.  There is one common thread – these individuals are devoted to our school and bring a vision and excitement that is infectious. It is the role of the Board of Trustees to support this team with a focus on the strategic goals of the school, leaving the day-to-day operations to those with expertise – our teachers and administrators.

Over the next few months, the Board of Trustees will share more information about its role in strategic operations and its annual goals. Please look for information in future CMS Now updates, at PA meetings and most importantly at our State of the School on January 27th. I also encourage you to read about our trustees on the CMS website. I am honored to work with such a dedicated group of individuals. I thank you for your commitment to this school, to this community and most importantly to the children you are raising. I am grateful to join each of you in all the success, learning and growth that this year will bring. 

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