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an expansive outdoor area,
and a unique multi-purpose
room that houses the popular “Handworks Studio.”
Starting this August, the
school will serve students
through sixth grade.
Nelson notes that being a
family-owned,
family-run
school is one of the most
notable features of MHFC.
appreciation, with staff and students
representing 30 countries. In the lower school, assistant guides converse
with students in their native languages, which include Spanish, Mandarin,
Arabic, Russian, Hindi, and French. The
elementary school began a dual-language program in August 2017, with
lessons in both English and Spanish
presented by bilingual, native Spanish-speaking lead guides.
“Visitors often comment on
the welcoming feel as soon
as they walk in the door,”
she says. “They say it feels
like home – a warm, inviting, peaceful
environment, rich in diversity but close
in community.”
Another unique asset of MHFC is its
strong focus on nature, which Nelson
believes inspires a sense of balance
and wonder in students.
“The school was designed with glass
doors and floor-to-ceiling windows,
providing a seamless connection between the indoor classroom and the
outdoor gardens,” she says.
Toddlers spend most of their mornings outside, working in the gardens,
playing in nature, and observing all
of the plants and animals that live on
school grounds. Early childhood and
elementary-age students also keep
gardens, have a choice of working indoors or outdoors, and lead the school
in waste-reduction initiatives. In 2017,
MHFC was honored with a Silver Eco
School award from the National Wildlife Federation.
MHFC places a high value on cultural
Summing up her philosophy, Nelson
says, “I have found the best investment for family and society is in the
education of the child. The attention to
the whole child, practiced in a Montessori school, is the key to advancing society and a path to personal happiness.
Believing this and seeing it practiced
every day keeps life fresh for me, even
after 21 years, and makes me excited
about the future.”
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