All of our head teachers hold their Montessori certification. They are carefully chosen for their educational background, experience, and ability to foster positive communication skills in young children. The most important aspect of the Montessori training is observation and record keeping, in order to determine each child's specific needs and learning styles. We also welcome teaching assistants to our classroom, who provide additional teacher and student support.
In addition to our regular staff we have specialists come to the school throughout the year. All classes have Spanish once a week. Kindergarten has an extensive art program with an art show in April. Morning classes have a music program once a week from the Manchester Comunity School Of Music. Audubon Science Center, Storytellers, Puppeteers, Magic Shows and other programs and performers visit our school for in-house field trips.
The Student Teacher Relationship
Teachers at our school are specially trained to direct each child’s interests and needs. Trained to recognize periods of readiness, the teacher observes and documents each child’s progress. When a child has mastered a subject, it is the teacher who guides the child toward the materials, which will encourage the development of advanced or new skills. As a result, the children grow as their interests lead then to greater challenges.
A little bit more about us...
Meet Gail Bannon:
What do you love about being a director/teacher of Bedford Montessori? I enjoy working with parents to develop common goals that strengthen relationships between home and school. Nurturing and supporting the staff is incredibly important to me as they are an invaluable asset to a successful school community.
What makes you joyful? I love the arts, and integrating art and literacy into the montessori classroom, and teaching the kindergarten art program keeps my creativity alive. I enjoy designing classroom environments that enrich, educate, and instill a love of learning and wonder at a young age. Having my family around my table, going on a long bike ride, walking the beach, and reading next to my miniature schnauzer Max makes me very happy!
What inspires you in the classroom? Being with the children and observing and listening to what they are interested inspires me to create activities around their interests. I am passionate about working with the 3-6 age and to be apart of their early educational path. Even after teaching for over thirty years I am continual amazed by how quickly children absorb new concepts and how important it is to meet the needs of children with different learning styles. I also enjoy working with interns who come in with such enthusiasm for learning more about Montessori as they begin to embark on their teaching career
What makes you joyful? What makes me joyful in the classroom is seeing the growth and development of the children with each and every step they take, no matter how great or small, as they beam with pride and accomplishment. What makes me joyful as a person is being immersed in and observing nature, whether in the forest, in the mountains, at the ocean, or in my own back yard; the quiet, peace and solitude of the wilderness; being with and doing things for those close to me.
What inspires you in the classroom? I am inspired by the children's wonderment, their joy of learning and their thirst for knowledge.
What do you love about being a teacher? I love watching the different personalities in our classroom and how they interact with each other and with the materials. As a teacher, my role is to foster those connections. It’s rewarding to see the friendships that blossom and the discoveries that are made throughout the year. The sound of laughter or an “I did it!” make my day!
What makes you joyful? Moments that bring me joy outside of the school setting are watching my children pursue their passions, the anticipation of game day and watching the Patriots, the sound of thunder and rain, soup on a cold day (any day is really a good day), coming home to my cats waiting in the yard and my energetic four year old “puppy” greeting me at the door.
What inspires you in the classroom? I find the unbridled enthusiasm of children to be inspirational. Some children want to try everything immediately, while others are curious observers, watching and learning before jumping in. I think there’s a lesson there for all of us. Sometimes we should just try something new and see what happens. Other times, we need a reminder to wait patiently and learn from the moment.