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We are the Widere family, and we collectively have been an Indian Harbour Montessori family for the past fourteen years. Each of our three children began IHM in pre-school and continued through 6th grade. As parents, we felt a Montessori education was one of the greatest gifts we have given our children. At IHM, character is nurtured, friendships really do last a lifetime for the kids and parents, teachers make it their mission to uncover each child’s gift and potential and the administration keeps it all together. Speaking very personally, the teachers, administrators and students are part of our children’s “village.” Our kids have been truly blessed by their Montessori family! Indian Harbour Montessori also gave each of our children a strong academic foundation. Our two boys went into a rigorous curriculum in their junior/senior high and continue to excel in academics as well as extra-curricular activities. Our daughter is on her way to following in their footsteps. IHM instilled a lifelong quest for knowledge in our children and taught them the importance of forever being good citizens.
Especially For Children and Indian Harbour Montessori gave my children the most amazing foundational education I could have ever wished for. In Middle and High school, they both have a strong, independent work ethic and responsiblity to their academics, which earns them both success in everything they do. Thanks to all of their teachers for giving them the love of learning for a lifetime. – Denise J.
Especially For Children/Indian Harbour Montessori is an amazing elementary school. I have 3 children and they all are attending this school. The methods for teaching have allowed my children to excel. The teachers find the best way to engage the children and they learn amazing things. My 5 year old is reading and has learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide. She enjoys learning and that is why she has excelled in these areas. My 4 year old is starting to read as well. The materials they use are incredible. I highly recommend this school to everyone!
Especially For Children/Indian Harbour Montessori has a well-rounded academia and extracurricular activities. By mid-kindergarten my granddaughter was reading, writing stories, doing math problems, which include subtraction, addition, division and multiplication. Spanish class, art class and music classes are all offered once a week. The children are treated with respect and compassion and are all expected to progress at their own rate. Since most of the children are so excited about learning the “hands-on” way, they pick up new ideas and concepts easily. More than worth the money for a private school.
Thank you to the Indian Harbour Montessori family of Teachers and Staff for the excellent education you have provided for our girls over the past seven years. We will miss you all! – The Spicer Family
Administrator/ Teacher Testimonials
As an educator, an administrator and parent, I have found the perfect place to enrich my career and utilize my expertise, while providing an amazing educational foundation for my own children. Being the Administrator of Especially For Children~Indian Harbour Montessori for the last 12 years, has allowed me to fulfill my earliest career goals. All of the children here amaze and inspire me every day. They allow me to “Share the Wonder” of what they experience. Our teachers are a dedicated team of loving professionals who always think “outside of the box” to challenge and strengthen each student’s abilities. Our parents are involved at every level and enrich their child’s Montessori educational experience by being a part of it. EFC~IHM–A Treasure in Indian Harbour Beach! Come and discover…An Education for a Lifetime…for Your Child. ~~ Denise L. Johnson ~ Administrator
As part of an Early Childhood Education class at BCC, our instructor took us on a tour of a 3-6 Montessori classroom. The room was beautiful and I wanted to open all of the boxes of materials on the shelves. I was hooked! The classroom I toured was at EFC/IHM and several years after that tour, I became part of the 3-6 team at EFC/IHM. ~~ Sharon D. Yarbrough
This is not what I ever thought I would be doing and to my amazement has become a life time of change through the eyes of precious children. For the last 13 years at EFC/IHM, every day has been different, full of new challenges and joy. What else could anyone ask for? Lot of laughter and wonderment! Montessori opened my eyes and my heart in a million ways. ~~ Nancy E. Griffin
I was first attracted to the Montessori method of education when a colleague in publishing regularly shared the interesting details of his daughter’s nontraditional education and her incredible achievements in the classroom and as a member of a community. I am now loving every minute of my eighth year as director of fifth and sixth grade at Indian Harbour Montessori. I particularly enjoy our creative learning environment and participating in and witnessing our children’s growth as they take increasing command of their learning from the beginning of fifth to the end of sixth grade. ~~ Tim McGlen
As a Montessori Teacher’s Assistant for the past four years, I have learned a great deal regarding the traditional Montessori approach. Through patience, kindness and independantly acknowledging every student as an individual, I have been allowed into their world; and what a beautiful world it is! I have created bonds, shared smiles, caught laughs, comforted, encouraged and helped educate the young members of our society. My world and it’s limits, have soared beyond my expectations! ~~ Erika Pacheco
I worked for the Brevard County School system for three years. When I interviewed for a position at Especially For Children, I was blown away by what I saw. Each child was quiet, independent, and working with confidence. I felt so strongly about what I saw I enrolled my own daughter into the Pre-Montessori program. Now my daughter, Madelyn, is in a 3-6 classroom and I am truly amazed by the changes I see in her everyday. I attribute that to the awesome staff and an amazing Montessori environment. ~~ Amanda Robey
My Montessori experience began 30 years ago with my son’s journey into Montessori. It opened my eyes to an amazing new way of teaching. I became totally fascinated and decided I wanted to become a Montessori teacher that has led me to a way of life and joy through the eyes of a child. ~~ Lou Wright
After a military move brought my family to Florida in 1992, I was given the opportunity by Cynthia Thomas to join this special Montessori community of supportive parents and enthusiastic students, along with a team of dedicated teachers. Every day, it is amazing to watch happy, curious children experience the joy of learning. Now, over 20 years later, I’m proud to have had a small role in nurturing another generation at EFC/IHM, as these students develop into life-long independent learners, good citizens, and successful leaders. ~~ Linda Silverthorn
After receiving my BA in Elementary Education and substituting in the area, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to also receive Montessori training for ages 6-9. Fifteen years later, I still love the Montessori Philosophy and the way it empowers children to think independently and to do work they are proud of. The Montessori materials and experiences are designed for children to learn in different ways; with their style of learning in mind and at their own pace. With a nurturing, respectful environment, we are able to foster a child’s love of learning and the freedom to go far beyond a lot of expectations. ~~ Diane Coates
I have been at Indian Harbour Montessori for 20 years; I am the Athletic Director and Summer Camp Director for Elementary. I love to see the expression on a child’s face when they finally accomplish a skill or achieve their personal best time and what a joy to see their expression when they make their first basket, goal or score. I love seeing them improve and go on to the next level in junior high. ~~ Penny Naugle
Practical means: basic, useful, purposeful; Life means: the way of living. I’ve been teaching elementary age children for 19 years and still to this day, I find my greatest satisfaction in observing the children during the practical life lessons we share. Both boys and girls giggle with amazement at the wriggly worms they find under the top layer of soil in our worm farm. They shout with glee when they find that their air-layered branch has new roots, so they can now cut it off of its mother plant to plant it in a pot of its own. Every child is anxious to take home their regular harvest of fresh herbs from the hydroponic box in the classroom. Weekly, the students crowd around and eagerly taste the classroom-made bread that is from a recipe different from the last child’s choice. It is the children and their joy of discovery that motivates me to give my very best to them. ~~ Theresa Trawick
I began my Montessori experience at Indian Harbour Montessori 9 years ago as an assistant in the 3-6 program. Being a Montessori teacher is very rewarding as I am watching children grow and develop a true love of learning. I enjoy seeing the children at IHM enthusiastic about coming to school every day. I now have the joy of watching my son thrive in the toddler program at Especially For Children and am excited for many more years as a Montessori educator and parent. ~~ Gretchen Yarbrough
Although I have been teaching for the past three years, this is my first year in a Montessori classroom as an intern and classroom assistant. I am so excited to watch the children grow. I feel very honored to be in a calm, loving and supportive Montessori classroom and to see the children’s progress everyday. ~~ Megan Randlett
As a former public school teacher, I was introduced to Montessori as a result of my personal and professional frustrations in the traditional classroom setting. My philosophy as an educator has always been that the teacher should follow the child. Being in a Montessori environment allows me to be the nurturer, encourager, facilitator and educator. As Haim Ginott wrote: “I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my approach that creates the climate…I can make a child’s life miserable or joyous.” Many of us have heard, “It isn’t the destination, but the journey.” The beauty of Montessori is having the ability to focus on the journey of each and every child and to create that special and individualized environment. It is a privilege to be a part of something so incredibly special. ~~ Lara Trinkhaus
For the last 5 years, I have worked assisting students reach their potential in the Computer/Language Lab. It is rewarding to see our students progressively learn computer skills. I would like keyboarding to be as automatic for our students as forming letters with a pencil. In conjunction with their Montessori experience, it is gratifying to know we are teaching our students lifelong skills. ~~ Kathryn Herbert