2019 Adolescent Graduation

2019 Adolescent Graduation

Last Wednesday, we hosted the 2019 Adolescent Graduation at Greenspring Montessori School. Each graduate gave a touching speech about how their time here at Greenspring has affected them and what they are looking forward to in the next chapter – high school! We wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.

You can watch the full video of graduation below and take a look through our gallery of photos.

Class Notes from Recent Alumni

Class Notes from Recent Alumni

In our 2019 Community Connection Magazine, we feature a section on class notes from recent graduates and former students of Greenspring Montessori School. Read more about what our graduates have been up to in high school, college, and beyond.

If you are an alumni of Greenspring Montessori School (formerly known as The Montessori School and Emerson Farm Middle School), please visit the Alumni section of our website to learn more and connect with classmates.

Spencer Herrin

Attended from 2005 to 2015

Spencer is currently a senior at Dulaney High School and he will be attending Towson University’s UTeach program for Secondary Mathematics Education next year. In a recent interview, Spencer shared, “I always wanted to be a teacher. A lot of the people throughout my Montessori career have helped form who I am.” Spencer seeks to bring Montessori education to students in public schools.

You can hear more from Spencer in his recent video interview here.

Lexi Shofer

Attended from 2008 to 2014

Lexi is currently a high school senior at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. She has applied to Boston University, Tulane University, and Occidental College. Lexi is interested in majoring in psychology and she would eventually like to get her doctorate degree. At Mercersburg, she is the head of Jewish Club, a photo editor for the school’s newspaper, and she has been in four different theater productions throughout her two years there. Lexi is currently working on her capstone project leading a workshop on self-confidence and body image for middle school-aged girls in the area.

Rachel Morrison

Attended from 2006 to 2012

Rachel is currently an EMT and is attending Harford Community College to become a licensed paramedic. Her mother, Carol Morrison, rejoined the Greenspring community last year as our Accounting Manager.

Samantha Little

Attended from 2001 to 2012

After graduating from Greenspring, Samantha attended the Institute of Notre Dame. She later attended CCBC Essex to obtain her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Now in her last semester, she plans to continue on to either Notre Dame University or Towson University to get her Bachelor’s degree in teaching. She shared, “the reason I actually chose this field was because of my Lower Elementary teacher, Ms. Mandy. The way she helped her students as well as making sure everyone was successful inspired me to do the same thing.”

Aaron Brown

Attended from 2000 to 2008

Aaron is currently in his senior year at Brown University studying mechanical engineering, and he is applying to graduate school for a PhD in mechanical engineering, where he plans to research energy and environmental sustainability. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi at Brown University and in his spare time, he enjoys playing baseball, piano, and running.

Joseph Hornig

Attended from 1993 to 2000

Joseph and his brother Timothy both attended Greenspring as children. Joseph is a graduate of American University in DC and now lives in Southern California. He works at the University of California at Irvine. He is currently enrolled in UCI’s Master in Human/Computer Interaction and Design program.

Graham Wimbrow

Attended from 1992 to 1997

Graham leads a software development squad for a financial investments research firm, working to define the systems architecture for a new technology group. He attributes his spirit of unwavering curiosity and his drive to learn from experimentation in part to his days in a Montessori classroom.

Jocelyn Durkay

Attended from 1989 to 1998

Jocelyn attended Vassar College and double majored in Art History and Italian, then went on to receive a Master of Social Work degree, which led her to work in public policy. She is currently a policy analyst at the Colorado Energy Office, where she works on renewable energy and energy efficiency policies for low-income customers. In her free time, she volunteers to build trails and she is excited to be planning for her wedding.

Sean Elavia

Attended from 1986 to 1988

Sean attended the school when it was located at a church in Towson. After Montessori, Sean attended St. Joseph School in Cockeysville. For college, he attended Loyola University and later completed his law degree at the University of Maryland, School of Law.
Sean currently works as a corporate attorney and offers pro bono services to various charities and religious organizations when he can. His two daughters attend Greenspring in the Toddler and Children’s House community.

Jeffrey Tannenbaum

Attended from 1973 to 1979

Jeff attended Greenspring Montessori School when it was located on Park Heights Avenue and it was known as The Montessori School. He went on to attend Washington University and now works in Accounting for Laureate Education. Jeff’s daughter is currently a student in Mr. JR’s Lower Elementary class. Jeff writes, “[It is] very fulfilling to see all of my children attend the same school that I attended as a child and be able to experience the joy of independent learning that the school facilitates. [It is ] also very pleasing to see the strong growth and health of the school for the current and future generation of Montessori students in Baltimore.”

Interviews with our 2019 Adolescent Graduates

Interviews with our 2019 Adolescent Graduates

Hear from our 2019 Adolescent graduates about their experiences at Greenspring Montessori School and mark your calendars for the 2019 Adolescent Graduation on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00am.

To learn more about our Adolescent Community for students in 7th and 8th grades, please click here.

Successful Spring Grounds Day

Successful Spring Grounds Day

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who braved the weather to join us on Friday, April 12 for our Spring Grounds Day! We so appreciate all of the faculty, staff, parents, and children who rolled up their sleeves to help us create beautifully prepared gardens, grounds, and outdoor learning environments. With the help of over 40 volunteers, we filled raised garden beds with soil for our students to begin planting vegetables, planted flowers in our decorative gardens in front of the school, moved logs and natural elements into our classroom outdoor environments, built picnic tables and outdoor furniture for our classrooms, and removed invasive ivy from our trees.

Take a look at the photographs from the event in our gallery below.

Religious Studies in the Adolescent Community

Religious Studies in the Adolescent Community

The Adolescents at Greenspring Montessori School are nearing the completion of their insightful six-week study of religion and belief. Students have learned a wealth of information about Catholicism and Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Daoism, Buddhism, Islam, and more, through in-house presentations, research trips to places of worship, a panel discussion with members of our community, Socratic seminars (?), and both fiction and non-fiction books.

The research began with a panel discussion, featuring Spanish Enrichment Guide, Marcela Daley, Jeff Daley, Lower Elementary Guide, JR Devallon, Lower Elementary Guide, Sarah Prunier Law, Upper Elementary Guide, Brad Choate, and Carolyn Choate, where students asked questions about their own personal experiences with faith, religion, and traditions. You can watch the full panel discussion here.

Students traveled to the Baltimore Basilica to study Catholicism, Kadampa Meditation Center to study Buddhism, Beth El Congregation to study Judaism, and Sri Siva Vishnu Temple to learn about Hinduism. Sonia Sabarikanth, parent and trained Montessori Guide, also visited the classroom to talk about her knowledge of Hinduism.

During this time, the Adolescents read the book Life of Pi, a novel that references Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Students discussed and debated religious concepts in the book and its dramatic conclusion with Humanities Guide, Mr. Jim. They also created lesson plans on religion and belief systems to share with their classmates. Adolescents presented a variety of lessons, from a mock Quaker wedding to a game of Mormon Jeopardy to the reenactment of a Haitian vodou ritual.