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We accomplish this by faithfully putting into practice fundamental Montessori principles, such as cultural diversity which enriches and aggrandizes children's early learning experiences. At the heart of the child's development, is the construction of the self or inner person (intellectual, moral, emotional, cognitive and social growth). Montessori asserts that a "a man is made from the child he once was." This work of self-construction belongs only to the child. Montessori continues, "It is true we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities." It is critical that each child's own natural path of development be embraced by the adults in the environment. It is this notion that directly impacts our relationships with our children and strengthens our ability to give them the support they need.
The complete realization of a person's fullest potential is hinged upon and results from knowing "how" one learns, not necessarily "how much" one learns. Optimal learning for young children occurs with meaningful, experiential activities. We all learn best when we want to and when we can do so actively.
Each of our classrooms is a prepared environment where children are free to exercise that natural desire to act upon the environment, to work and to learn. The fruitages of that prepared environment are discipline, focus, and concentration, a process Montessori calls "normalization." The Montessori child is free to choose because through exposure to order, he has acquired inner discipline and has laid the groundwork for a lifetime of confidence and joy.
Experiencing the mutual respect throughout The Montessori School of Donelson (MSD) community helps our children to thrive and contribute to our peaceful community. The children's contributions are even further enhanced through work in our school gardens. It is the children's work to plant, grow, water, cultivate, and harvest the fruits and vegetables we grow from seed. Further bringing our school's mission to life as they learn to be stewards of the earth and care for the natural world. The aforementioned attributes coupled with a motivated, passionate and supportive parent body are the crux of our school's success.
MSD is not just a school. It is a magnificent, Montessori community of parents, teachers and administrators that are dedicated not simply to preparing our children for school, but preparing them for the adventure of life.
Peace & Love,
Nikki Hatcher, the Owner and School Directress of The Montessori School of Donelson (MSD), has spent over twenty years working with children and families. At MSD, she has also served as a parent and guide for all age groups since the establishment of the school in 2014. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree and post graduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University. She holds a NAMC Montessori Certification for 0-3 years and MACTE Credential for 3-6 years from the Age of Montessori Teacher Education Program. Additionally, she has earned a degree in Montessori studies that is quite recherche', a Master's in Montessori Leadership from Sarasota University. For more than two decades, she has been active in the Nashville community as founder of a local non-profit youth agency and as a Master Gardener Intern for Davidson County, TN. Her professional memberships and affiliations include: American Montessori Society (AMS), American Montessori International (AMI), Montessori Administrators of America (MAA), North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA), Pan American Montessori Society, Cincinnati Montessori Society (CMS),The International Montessori Council (IMC), and the Montessori Alliance of TN (MAT).