Epic Education: Beth George
The Mountaineer Montessori out-of-the-box, out-of-the-classroom approach to education empowers the potential in each child and creates an inspired future for our students, community and world.
Founded in 1976, Mountaineer Montessori is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school, offering a world-class educational experience to 142 students ages 3-14 right here in Charleston. “Epic Education,” the 2019 MMS Annual Appeal, will provide critical funding to help us meet the growing demand for superior academic options in our community and sustain our 43-year tradition of excellence and innovation in education.
As part of our campaign, MMS students, families, teachers and alumni are sharing their Montessori stories to highlight what epic education means to them and the impact our school has made.
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This is Beth George’s story. Beth is the MMS Assistant Director and parent of three alumnae.
How did your MMS story begin?
My MMS story actually started before I had any children. In February of 1992 I had to come to some school I never heard of for Shadow Night (whatever that was) to shadow my niece. I could not believe my eyes. The children were carrying trays so slowly and carefully. They were doing work quietly and happily. That night was magical and I knew then that my children would be coming to MMS.
What impact has MMS had on your family?
MMS helped my children become independent members of society, and MMS showed me ways I could help. All three of my daughters had Kathryn (Rhoads) as a teacher, and I would come to every parent meeting to soak up what I could do at home that would help my children be independent. I put plates and cups in lower cabinets so my children could set the table or get a drink on their own. Although it was hard I let my children pick out their clothes and fix their own hair. This was the start of their independence and it was a signal to me that I didn’t have to control everything. I realized that my job was to teach them to be independent.
Our theme this year is “Epic Education.” Can you share a few examples of some “epic” experiences for you and your children?
I would say one epic experience would be MMS helping one of my daughters, who didn’t like to read at all, become a bookworm. My daughter was in Upper Elementary and was having a terrible time with novel study. She just didn’t like to read. With patience and the help of her teacher, my daughter began her reading journey. She is still on that journey enjoying reading several books at a time.
Another important moment was hearing that my daughter stood up for someone. Through MMS, my children learned about community and what it meant to be a friend. MMS helped my children gain confidence to stand up for themselves, for others, and for what is right.
Do you have a favorite Montessori moment?
My favorite Montessori moment came when I was teaching coding in computer class. One of my fourth year students was having trouble with a particular problem. He tended to give up easily, but I kept encouraging him. Then I heard a loud “I did it.” I’ll never forget the look on his face. He was so proud of himself.
Favorite Montessori quote:
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
What is your hope for today’s students?
I hope our students realize that MMS is a special place. They can be themselves, study in depth in areas they are interested, learn to be leaders, learn to listen, and learn to work cooperatively. I hope their passion, joy, and love of learning continues to grow. No matter how young or how old I hope they always have smiles on their faces as they walk through our doors.
MMS is Epic Education!
At MMS, potential is empowered and the future is inspired. With your support, we can continue to elevate education and our community in the year ahead. Please give now or text “mmsepic” to 52182
With your help, there’s no limit to what we can do!