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Teacher Spotlight: Chevon Chenault-Starnes

What grade do you teach and how long have you been teaching at MMA? I teach grades 1 & 2. I have been teaching at MMA for three years and am excited to head into my 4th year! What made you choose to teach at MMA? MMA is very special! From my first time in the building, I immediately felt that the staff loved the students and that they were there to make a difference. I wanted to be a part of that. In what ways do you build a family-like atmosphere in your classroom? The students in my classroom, for the most part, have been with me and each other for the last three years. We have all learned to love and respect one another. We all help take care of our environment by cleaning and organizing it daily. The best part is that we make up chants for one another when a task, such as reading all of their sight words or completing a Montessori work plan, is completed. We do this so that students can feel accomplished and their classmates are helping them succeed. What's your secret ingredient in your classroom? What techniques do you use that [...]

2019-06-13T10:44:26+00:00June 13th, 2019|School News|0 Comments

Teacher Spotlight – Jade Hugelier

What grade do you teach and how long have you been teaching at MMA? I teach 1st/2nd grade and have been teaching here for 4 years. What made you choose MMA? I love the small school setting that MMA offers, and was intrigued by working in a Montessori setting. How do you build a family-like atmosphere in your classroom? We start each day with a morning meeting which allows me to get to know the students on a more personal level. Students are also able to build relationships with one another. The classroom environment allows for students to move freely and take ownership of all materials and space as well which gives a family-like atmosphere, too! What's your secret ingredient in your classroom? What techniques do you use that students really gravitate toward? Consistency has always been my secret ingredient. My students always know what to expect on any given day. It has always allowed for me and my students to work so well together. My students love to move so I have always allowed techniques that get the kids up and moving to help keep them focused and engaged. How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily [...]

2019-06-03T16:32:12+00:00June 3rd, 2019|School News|0 Comments

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s almost Spring Breaks

Whatever you have planned for spring break, we hope you have a blast. Whether you are relaxing on a beach in Florida or enjoying a staycation, below is a list of ideas to rejuvenate and refresh over the next week!  Take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Read a book. Meet up with a friend that you haven't seen in a long time. Visit a local museum. Eat at a restaurant that you've always wanted to try. Listen to music that lifts your spirits up.

2019-03-27T12:05:46+00:00March 27th, 2019|School News|0 Comments

USING COMMUNICATION TO THRIVE – MICHELLE NIGHBERT AND CHERYL PAULL

“One in the same with a different name” is how Michelle Nighbert and Cheryl Paull like to describe their conjoining schools – Macomb Montessori Academy and Second Home Child Development Center in Warren, MI. Under the leadership of Cheryl and Michelle, the schools are thriving because of the relationship they have built. “You know that feeling when you just know that you can trust someone? That was what it was like with Michelle,” said Cheryl. “I can trust her with anything.” Open and honest communication has been the key to their relationship. “We have gotten to know each other through various positions and transitions over the past 10 years,” commented Michelle. “Today, we are in a space where we are both leaders in the same building. It is such a great feeling knowing that you can trust the person who is your counterpart.” At any given day you will see Michelle and Cheryl standing outside during the student drop off time, greeting parents and students. They want parents to know who they are and that they care about their student from the time that they enter the building to when they leave. Michelle and Cheryl have the same belief in [...]

2019-03-12T12:34:20+00:00March 12th, 2019|School News|0 Comments