“The chance to start our son at the Steamboat Montessori preschool presented itself in a very tight market for childcare in Steamboat Springs. Not having prior experience with the Montessori method and its educational impacts, the multi-age cohort model appealed to our single-child family with its diversity, and with the older children leading, helping and even teaching the younger ones.
Three years on, I could not have imagined the flowering of intellect and social-emotional grounding our child would receive, nor the wonderful and welcoming Montessori parent community of excellence-minded and supportive adults.
So many buzzwords are thrown around regarding intentionality, community engagement and educational philosophy. Committing your child to excellence at Steamboat Montessori is not the easiest path to take. Simply put, this is a public school that aims to deliver a private school experience with academic excellence and whole-child growth as its core animating philosophies, and it requires parents to raise their hand and step up to participate and support not only the day-to-day education of their own sons and daughters, but that of the larger Steamboat Montessori Community.
Everyone has a role to play to make this school the very best it can be, and everyone can contribute their energy, time, and special skills to fire the intellect and growth of our next generation. I feel privileged to be a part of the Steamboat Montessori Community, and I see daily reinforcement of that commitment in my child’s eager eye for learning more about the world.”
Tony Urbick, Steamboat Montessori Board Member