For the safety of our students, families, and community, we are following the recommendations of the Governor and public health authorities to suspend nonessential gatherings on our campus until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks in advance for your understanding and support! We will reschedule our Open House at the earliest possible opportunity.
Curious about what’s going on inside of our classrooms? We are just wrapping up a few remodeling projects and classroom upgrades, and are excited to share our hard work with the community! We’re holding an open house on Friday, March 20 from 6-7PM, and you’re invited!
Come on over to check out our beautiful new toddler classrooms, our lovely and serene infant environment, our inviting and home-like Primary classrooms, and our engaging outdoor play areas. A teacher from each age group will be onhand to answer questions and show folks around.
This is a wonderful opportunity to demystify what “Montessori” is all about, to connect with other families in the community, and to learn more about how our educational approach fosters capable, well-rounded students and sets the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. Feel free to bring along any friends or family members who may be curious. We hope to see you there!
Stay informed about events like these and be among the first to learn about future openings as they arise by joining our interest list.
For over ten years, Ms. Meaghan Nichols has been a vibrant and beloved member of our teaching staff. She spent her first several years in our Pre-Primary program, where she advocated vocally for the addition of a Montessori Infant program. A few years back, she was instrumental in opening that program! Meaghan led a team of skilled caregivers to visualize the environment and ensure that care and consideration were given to every detail. Most importantly, she welcomed families with open arms and made sure that every tiny student felt loved as her own.
Just a few short months ago, Meaghan finally became a new mom herself! It was the culmination of a lifelong dream and years of hopeful persistence. We couldn’t imagine a more loving and capable mama, and are beyond grateful that her baby boy is happy and healthy.
Unfortunately, the joy of Meaghan’s past year was clouded by a diagnosis of stage four metastatic melanoma. It’s been a difficult road, but Meaghan has been a constant source of humor and optimism throughout her pregnancy, diagnosis and ongoing treatment. She experienced a significant setback recently, when the rental she was staying in during her medical treatment in Los Angeles caught fire and required her to flee down 22 flights of smoke-filled stairs.
We recently supported Meaghan with the sale of t-shirts, and raised almost $800 for Meaghan, with the help of our community! Meaghan’s sister, Ms. Katie Marchmonte (Head Teacher in Room B), is collecting pictures of supporters wearing Meaghan’s shirts to buoy her spirits and exemplify the love and support we all feel for her. Don’t forget to upload pics of your t-shirt to our Facebook page so you can be a part of this uplifting project!
Please consider following Meaghan’s journey (or making a direct donation) on the GoFundMe page created for her benefit. Thanks in advance for your care and support!
We would like to introduce you to a special TGPM alumna: Maxi Fujiwara! Maxi attended our program from 2003-2007, before moving out of state with her family.
“My name is Maxi Fujiwara and I’m a nineteen year old college student pursuing an English major at Arizona State University.”
What did going to The Growing Place Montessori feel like?
“Attending TGPM was a new learning experience every day that aggrandized my pursuit for knowledge.”
What did you enjoy about coming to school?
“Coming to school wasn’t a chore, it was a fun-filled experience from morning to afternoon. I loved how caring all my teachers and peers were.”
In what ways do you consider yourself to be a well-rounded individual?
“High school and college academics force you to be a punctual and hardworking individual, and without the foundation of TGPM I would not have those traits. I have respect for myself as a student to always try my best and give my best effort. Growing in an environment that fostered my interest for learning prepared me greatly for life.”
What is your opinion of Montessori now that you’ve had experience in other learning environments?
“I truly believe that because I attended TGPM I was far better prepared for life and higher academics than my peers. Going from Montessori to a more rigid learning style that involved sitting in desks for 6+ hours, I can say TGPM fostered my learning far superior than other elementary schools.”
“My name is Alexandria Hunter and I’m a twenty year old college student studying Theatre Arts and Business Management at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.“
How did you feel about hands on learning?