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Dear Friends of NESM, Apologies, in advance, for the length....It has been a long and arduous process for me and I am saddened to communicate to you that the time has come to close the doors of New England School of Montessori in Milford. I can no longer keep the school open through another year of low enrollment. I'm financially tapped out and working for nothing is causing a strain on my family. I wish you and your family the very best and will always, very warmly remember, every family whom I've had the pleasure of connecting to the amazing practice of Montessori education over these last 17 years in Milford. Whenever you visit the downtown and Milford harbor, I hope you will think of New England School of Montessori as you pass the Peace Pole that was dedicated to the city many years ago by our NESM, PGI (parent group). As for me...my children need their mom to give them the attention they deserve, without having to compete with her job. Running a small business and having to wear all the hats has taken it's toll. I truly thought I'd figured out the secret formula in order to be the best at all of it, the Superwoman Prophecy. But alas, in my case, somebody has to lose and I cannot put my own children behind all of the others who've been in my care since my own had entered this world, nearly a decade ago. I will always remain in service to the child and I feel there is a great need to do so at the state level. CT is far behind many other states with regard to quality care in the earliest developmental years. I do see change coming down the pike, but I'd like to help my Montessori counterparts who are working to become a state recognized educational program that will stand beside all public and private schools, with it's own set of quality educational standards, called Montessori. I hope you will remain connected to the school's Facebook page as it will remain viable in order to allow all alumni students and families to remain connected throughout the future. I've also attached CT Parent's August 2017 article showcasing Montessori education. With warmest regards, Maria Zullo Maria Zullo/Founder & Head of School - New England School of Montessori - 40 Quirk Road, Milford, CT 06460 - Ph: 203-878-9822 - Fax: 203-878-9833 - www.nesmontessori.com New England School of Montessori's approach to teaching and learning is focused on each child's individual potential, talents and level of development. Where no child is left unchallenged. Mission Statement: New England School of Montessori promotes self confidence and joy through active learning, empowering the whole child to become a compassionate world citizen. Our students' potential gracefully unfolds within a multi age environment, allowing the children to recognize and optimize their individual capabilities. “It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” Maria Montessori
I first discovered the Montessori Method of education well after the years I spent in college in the Dept. of Educ at SCSU. That program mentioned the Method, alongside other views from theorists such as Piaget, Freud, both Sigmund and Anna, Itard, and Erikson. I left college believing that Dr. Maria Montessori was one of many, instead of one of a kind!
In 1995, The Cobb School Montessori in Simsbury welcomed me as simply an interested person. They escorted me to an adult-sized chair in a classroom for children ages 3-6. Mine was the only adult sized piece of furniture in the room, I thought, "Where is the teacher's desk? The chalkboard, etc?". The teachers paid me no attention as they were completely focused on the children. "What were they learning in this room?" Well, it turns out that they were learning everything that I had learned in a public school environment, except, they had all curricula located within this large classroom space! They hadn't even left for lunch! I watched from my seat as the oldest children turned their classroom into a..."What are they doing? Why are they rolling up the large circle rug?" Oh, I see. They were moving it to the side and then they began to carry heavy child-sized tables and chairs to the the middle of the classroom. They were setting the tables together and covering them with pretty table cloths and setting each table setting with what looked like real glassware and silverware (child-sized). They proceeded to enjoy their own packed lunches as a family would, along with the teacher. She helped very little, however, she guided their converstions as a PR rep would with her client. I sat there in AWE! I left Simsbury with a new idea for my own future. I would learn to teach this Method and then, open a school in my area of CT, where there was none. I needed to earn a living, I needed to be happy doing so and I needed to stay close to home where I had an elder grandmother and a disabled mother, both living in Stratford, CT. Five years after sitting in that classroom, and having the pleasure of observing the same way in many, many other Montessori schools that were located up and down the east coast, I settled in Milford, CT as that was the only affordable rent in the area. 12 minutes from my family.
At New England School of Montessori (NESM), community is a fundamental value and a daily living experience. We make decisions collectively, drawing on the diverse talents of our professional family. We continuously challenge ourselves to improve and enrich our programs - incorporating new technologies, refining our teaching materials and methods and carefully preparing all environments. Regularly, we examine and update our curriculum to reflect new discoveries while preserving the integrity of the Montessori Method.
The dedication of the NESM faculty ensures continuity and high standards and a "lived" understanding of the transformational power of a Montessori experience. Whether your child is an infant, age 2, 6 or 12 years old, our programs will teach them the skills they'll need to support their inner quest for Self -- respect, direction, motivation, discipline, and worth. This Method is the oldest and longest-running educational Method in the world! None other has maintained itself, through the last 110 years, like the Montessori Method has. Montessori teaches to the whole brain of the child. If you are looking for a well-rounded, brain-based education for your child, contact us before your child turns 3 to ensure a space in our Children's House classroom community. Then, prepare for amazing results!
NESM has always been passionate about offering a solid and true Montessori educational experience and we want to share it with you and your family. We invite you to discover the joy and satisfaction of this, the longest-running educational philosophy, still in existence today, and gaining strength the world over. Our state of CT is preparing a special class of educational standards based on the Montessori Method and will be ready in the next few years.
With warmest regards,
Maria Zullo - Founder and Head of School
Head of School
"The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator."
Dr. Maria Montessori
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