I learned how to answer my own questions: Alumni share lessons of Montessori
Alumni from a wide range of fields shared the secrets of their success and the impact of their Montessori education on their college and career paths at “Education for Innovation,” a special MMS parent night and community forum held January 20.
Here’s some of what they had to say:
“Montessori taught me how to answer my own questions.” Morgan Robinson, morning host, Electric 102.7
“I wouldn’t be the same person without Montessori. It helped develop my creativity and gave me a strong work ethic.” Avrah Urecki, MFA, art teacher, Charleston Catholic High School
“I’m the one who’s not afraid to ask the obvious questions. Montessori gave me confidence and the ability to be a leader.” Travis Crouse, Director of IT Services, WVU Physicians of Charleston
“Montessori teaches children not to be afraid to ask questions and dig deeper for knowledge. It gives you flexibility and is great training for an entrepreneur….my father says it was the best thing that every happened to me because it taught me how to learn.” Rusty Kruzelock, PhD, CEO, West Virginia Regional Technology Research Park
“Montessori definitely developed my problem-solving skills and the ability to collaborate with others.” Clifton Clark, JD/MBA, BB&T
“I spent my junior year of high school in Austria and I left Charleston without knowing any German or the students in my program. Montessori gave me the confidence and motivation to try new things and follow my interests….it’s also the best education for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that I can think of.” Emily Beal, PhD, Henthorn Environmental Services
We offer deep thanks to our alumni for participating in this program and the many parents and community leaders, including West Virginia Senator Chris Walters, who came to learn about Montessori education and how a “Montessori mindset” can benefit children and our state.