Message from the Director
Even after 40 years, I still go to work every day actively aware of how lucky I am to have this job. It is a privilege to work with such amazing teachers, parents and children. The absolute best thing about this job, though, is a workplace perk you just couldn’t get anywhere else: If I’m having a stressful day, I can walk across the hall, into the infant room and pick up a baby.
You might think gathering 50 or so children under one roof would lead to pure energy-sapping pandemonium. But the opposite is true. As one parent told me recently, “Downtown Montessori creates a space unlike the rest of the world – including other daycares. I feel it every time I drop my boys or pick them up. As soon as you walk in the door, you sense this beautiful combination of warmth, richness and hyper-organization.”
It is an environment that really stays with you. Some of our children grew up to become teachers who now work in our classes. Others return as parents, offering their children the same rich environment they once enjoyed. And many of our teachers and staff have been with us for decades – our daycares are places people simply love to be.
During my time here, I have become a grandmother many times over. I have watched my children and theirs grow up, while also influencing the lives of hundreds of other kids through Downtown Montessori. I see how the skills we impart here – not just numeracy and literacy, but also problem solving, conflict resolution, active citizenry and more – stay with children right on into adulthood.
It does make me feel a little bit proud, but my overwhelming response – and not just because of my access to infant-based stress relief – is just to feel entirely fortunate to be a part of it all.
Liz Ferguson, Director