Assistant Principal's Message


Dear Montessori Community,

I am excited to join the CREC Montessori Magnet School as your new assistant principal.  I have been in public education in Connecticut for 22 years as an assistant principal at the middle and elementary levels, as a speech and language pathologist, as a supervisor of special education and as a Dean of Students at a public Montessori.  It was in this last position as an educator that I discovered a philosophy that matched what I feel an education for a child should be. The Montessori philosophy made me feel at home and at peace with how learning is facilitated for children by following their lead.

Being part of the community at the oldest continuous public Montessori program in the country is a great honor.  The offering of a truly exceptional Montessori education in a public elementary school is not only a blessing to that child and family, but to the larger community. 

My favorite thing about being within the Montessori community is visiting the classrooms and seeing how each individual classroom community is developing.  The multi-age classroom, with its emphasis on materials versus textbooks, and collaboration amongst learners versus competition, are features that make it different from a traditional school while providing students early on with 21st-century skills they will need to succeed. 

The unique approach to learning developed years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori provides an environment and materials purposefully designed to stimulate the child’s interest and want to learn.  I cannot describe how a Montessori classroom looks and feels and do an adequate job with just words on a page.  I encourage you to become involved with our community, come in and observe classrooms and further your understanding of the Montessori Philosophy.  Once you do I am sure you will become as passionate about Montessori as I have.

I am so proud and happy to be part of this exceptional Montessori Community!

 

Anthony Kydd

Assistant Principal

CREC Montessori Magnet School