A Message from the Director
Looking fondly down memory lane, the last 20 years of my professional career has been an incredibly rewarding journey. My educational experience with a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Child Development combined with my Montessori certification from the Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) has provided me numerous opportunities to keenly observe and work with young children and families. My years of experience in first becoming a social worker, then a licensed child and family therapist, and now an educator for the last 15 years, has equipped me with the knowledge and experience needed to strive to ensure academic success in all my students. With the wealth of knowledge gained at our school, students are able to understand and delight in both the wondrous world around them and their burgeoning personal identity within.
From focusing on the developmental needs of children to now focusing on the educational needs of children, our mission is to strive to provide a strong foundation that builds life skills of concentration, coordination and independence that we hope will always aid their development and learning long after they leave DMS.
As we constantly strive to match the standards that we have set for ourselves, we would value any opinion, feedback and information. We hope to be in partnership with you and work together for our children’s future.
The Montessori teacher is the link between the child and the classroom environment. She is a careful observer who evaluates the child’s progress and determines individual needs and interest. She is a facilitator who prepares the classroom and present the lessons to individual or small groups. The director acts as a monitor and guide to encourage individual exploration, discovery, trial, practice and success and enables the child to develop order, control, concentration and independence.
The staff at Dulles Montessori School enables each child to develop a healthy self-concept and expand their knowledge by acquiring academic skills, through an individualized learning styles based on their needs and abilities. Thus, each child develops at an individualistic pace in a nurturing and noncompetitive environment.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Our teaching staff is the backbone and pillar of our program. At DMS, the lead teachers are professionals equipped with college degrees or have numerous years of teaching experience. The primary classroom has a certified Montessori teacher to direct the class and a trained assistant to work with her. The classroom assistant is trained to handle many responsibilities in all areas of the classroom operation, children's safety and curriculum implementation.
Staff members are to be trained in Health Screening, CPR and First Aid. In addition, staff members are required to have 8 to 16 hours of training in areas to include child development discipline and playground supervision. We encourage and support all employee’s future goals and aspirations.