Shawn and Jaymee Thomas

Mary Thomas was just four years old in 2003 as she started in the Chickadees. There, she learned to read with the innovative Nightingale Montessori Sound Shapes Precision Phonics Preschool Reading Program. Our pictures show Eagle Mary wearing her pencil pouch, learning to type with the innovative Nightingale Montessori Primary …

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Leslie McNeil

Thoughts from an Alumnus and Current NM (Parent of 2ND Year Eagle, Lauren McNeil) I am Leslie McNeil, graduate of Nightingale Montessori. My family, originally from Cleveland, was new to the community of Springfield in the late 1980’s. After a brief period at a neighboring Kindergarten my mother, Loretta McNeil, …

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Judy Lewis

I worked with NM for several years while I was employed by Springfield City Schools, but wasn’t aware of the concept of Montessori. It wasn’t until I met a woman whose grandson is at NM and we started talking. I told her how much trouble Kyle was having at the …

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Linda Bruce

Benefits I see are the hands on learning, visually seeing and understanding concepts and learning at your own pace. Stella has done wonderfully at Montessori — she loves to learn and is challenged, but her schooling is also fun. It doesn’t feel like work to her. She is learning concepts, …

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Toni McCluskey

I chose Nightingale Montessori because I was having issues with the city schools and the way they taught my grandchildren. My grand kids were falling through the cracks. The system was always harsh and reactionary. The city schools had arbitrary benchmarks, like 3rd grade reading proficiency. So my grand kids …

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Nancy McHugh

I find that the most significant benefits from a Montessori education are the ability my daughter (Arden McHugh-Braham) has at young age to think critically and compassionately, to be an independent learner and to be excited about what she learns. I also find that the education is both broad and deep, which is …

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Kelly Mefford

I have four children and they are all enrolled at Nightingale Montessori. We came to Nightingale because Dr. Duffee recommended the Sound Shapes reading program for our youngest son Austin. Austin was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was three years old. He underwent radiation and chemo for 18 months. Because Austin’s brain …

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Samantha Hicks

“The average American child can recognize 1,000 corporate logos, but can’t identify 10 plants or animals native to his or her own region.” -From Discover the Forest, the US Forest Service I am so fortunate that my child excludes this category, not only per his raising but his amazing school, …

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Nightingale Parent

I just wanted to extend our sincere thanks. We have never seen Austin come home so happy after school. I think we have finally found his happy place and the ticket that works for him! Everyone is commenting how calm things are, the “hum” in the house. Most days he …

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