ABOUT MSA

ABOUT MSA

OUR HISTORY

In 1970, a group of interested citizens felt the need to have a Montessori School within the Alexandria city limits. In September of the same year, the Montessori School of Alexandria, Inc (MSA) was established as a nonprofit, nonsectarian, private school run by a small Board of Directors. The doors of the school were opened with two primary classes in the rented facilities of a church. In January of 1971, a third primary class was established. By then, the need to provide continuity by opening an elementary class was also foreseen.

 

Believing that all children should have the opportunity to have a Montessori education, MSA was the first Montessori school to offer an extended day care program, making the school available to children of two-career families and single parents who were able to look at MSA as a second “home away from home” for their children.

 

In 1986, MSA moved to its current location at 6300 Florence Lane and, in 1988, the school was expanded with an addition of three classrooms and a modern kitchen.

 

Thanks to the faith and trust parents have put into the school, and the tenacity and determination of the founders, MSA celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010.

MSA MISSION

The purpose of MSA is to provide an early education program in which the foundation for a lifetime of creative learning is developed effectively and efficiently in the child.

More specifically, MSA strives to develop within the school a learning environment which surrounds the child with maximum motivation and opportunities to learn and achieve in directions consistent with his or her individual level of maturation.

MSA PHILOSOPHY

The Montessori School of Alexandria, Inc. follows the teaching of Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori was a pioneer in education and in child psychology.

 

Education is an aid to life. Maria Montessori created an environment where the natural love of learning is cultivated. The environment is scientifically designed to fulfill the basic needs of the child according to their sensitive periods. The child is supported in his own process of self construction by adults who care and who have received special training to enable them to observe, guide, and direct their students in this natural process of growth and development.

 

A hallmark of Montessori education is the mixed age classroom. Children ages three to six and six to twelve work together. Children of different ages help one another. As they grow in the classroom they become leaders through communication and harmony. All activities are designed to entice and delight the children with the ultimate purpose of acquiring greater knowledge.

 

The Montessori way is the only method embraced by UNESCO. The Montessori way of learning is the only pedagogical method applied all over the world, making it the most consistent system as well as reliable method of learning.

 

The Montessori School of Alexandria, Inc. is affiliated with the American Montessori Association and licensed by the Department of Social Services of the State of Virginia. The facility is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations relating to health, fire and building codes.

 

The Montessori School of Alexandra does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sex in the administration or its admission policies, staffing, education programs, or in any of its policies and operations.

OUR TEAM

Montessori School of Alexandria Team
From Left to Right: Corinne Salahi, Monica Diaz, Mary Hadeed, Susan Jenkins, Joyce Tapp, Samantha Oliveira, Suzy Pratt, Danielle Faulkner, Laverna Faulkner, Heidy Herrera, Cindy Lanham, Shasta Qureshi, Kristan Rivera, Olinda Argueta & Kulsum Omer
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FUNDRAISING

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MONTESSORI TEACHING

EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM

AGES 3 - 6 YEARS OLD

Kulsum Omer

She is an Early Childhood Teacher at MSA. In addition, she is the Education Director.

Her assistant is Sam Oliveira.

Sam Oliveira

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 5+. In addition, she is an Assistant to Kulsum Omer in the Early Childhood Classroom at MSA.

Shaista Qureshi

She is an Early Childhood Teacher at MSA.

Her assistant is Mary Hadeed.

Mary Hadeed

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 3 & 4. In addition, she is an Assistant to Shaista Qureshi in the Early Childhood Classroom at MSA.

Denise Wilson

She is an Early Childhood Teacher at MSA.

Her assistant is Daniella Faulkner.

Danielle Faulkner

She is an Assistant to Denise Wilson in the Early Childhood Classroom at MSA.

ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM

AGES 6 - 12 YEARS OLD

Monica Diaz

She is an Elementary teacher and the Program Director for MSA.

Kristan Rivera

She is an Elementary Teacher at MSA.

EXTENDED CARE

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Olinda Argueta

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 3 & 4. In addition, she is the Spanish teacher at MSA.

Danielle Faulkner

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 5+. In addition, she is an Assistant in the Early Childhood Class at MSA.

Mary Hadeed

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 3 & 4. In addition, she is an Assistant in an Early Childhood Class at MSA.

Sam Oliveira

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 5+. In addition, she is an Assistant in the Early Childhood Class at MSA.

Heidy Herrera

She is an Attendant in the Extended Care Program for ages 3 & 4.

MSA STAFF

Corinne Salahi

She is the Founder and Head of School at MSA. She founded the school on September 8, 1970.

Joyce Tapp

She is the School Bus Driver at MSA.

Diane Kutz

She is the Music Teacher at MSA.

Cindy Lanham

She is the Administrator at MSA.

Laverna Faulkner

She is a Cook in our Commercial Kitchen at MSA.

Suzy Pratt

She is the Assistant Administrator at MSA. In addition, she is the Summer Camp Director.

Susan Jenkins

She is the School Bus Driver at MSA.

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