Educational Philosophy. Greenwood Montessori School, a private Rhode Island preschool, was established on the belief that children between birth and age six develop at a rate that will never again be duplicated in their lifetime. Once these precious years have passed, so has an enormous potential for learning. Our educational philosophy is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician and educator. She was one of the first to see the early years of life as crucial to the future growth and functioning of the individual. In her writings, Dr. Montessori frequently compared the young mind to a sponge, literally absorbing information from their environment. Since children go through “sensitive periods” where they exhibit an inner drive to understand certain concepts, it is the teacher’s role to detect these sensitive periods and prepare the environment for each child’s learning. Children have a natural curiosity and will learn new concepts through concrete, hands-on activities. Play is children’s “work” and one of the most effective teachers. Unlike many traditional preschools in Rhode Island, Greenwood Montessori School views all children as individuals and exposes them to meaningful learning experiences where they are allowed to educate themselves at their own developmental level. Children in control of their own learning build confidence in themselves and are then willing to take on life’s challenges and become successful in future endeavors.
Our Mission. Greenwood Montessori School is committed to guiding children physically, spiritually, academically and socially as they grow in age, wisdom and grace. We encourage an atmosphere of trust, kindness and respect and endeavor to nurture each child’s independence, love of learning, and positive sense of self and others. Greenwood Montessori School, a private preschool in Rhode Island, is a non-denominational Christian community that aims to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are life-long learners and problem-solvers. In addition, we seek to help children gain an understanding of God, according to their curiosity and needs and to see their important role both in the classroom and in the world. We welcome children of all racial, cultural, religious and economic backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of such in our admissions process. We believe in the importance of parental involvement in support of children’s development and learning and are, therefore, open to suggestions, new ideas and continual growth.
Meet the Staff.
Brenda Medeiros, Owner/Director ~ "Miss" Brenda has been involved in the Montessori field for 16 years. She received her Montessori Early Childhood Certification from Northeast Montessori Institute and has owned and operated a Montessori school since 2001, initially as Owner/Director of The Children's School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and presently as Owner/Director of Greenwood Montessori School, which she single-handedly established in 2004. Drawn to young children from an early age, Brenda is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to enter into the world of Montessori with her own two daughters, Kailyn and Alissa. Year after year, she continues to be amazed at the beauty, wonder and excitement within each child.
Valerie Pecchia, Teacher ~ "Miss"Valerie is excited to be the newest member of the Greenwood Montessori School community and is "happy to have found a home here". She is a graduate of Rhode Island College and holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as a Master of Social Work. Additionally, Miss Valerie is certified in early childhood education both by the State of Rhode Island and the North American Montessori Institute. Having taught in the field for fifteen years, Miss Valerie is inspired by Maria Montessori's words: "The things (a child) sees are not just remember; they form a part of his soul."
Rachel Kutcher, Teacher ~ "Miss" Rachel is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rhode Island College, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Mathematics. It was while attending Rhode Island College that Rachel first became interested in the Montessori method of education. Her upbringing in a pacifist home gave her a unique understanding of the link between peace, spirituality and education that Maria Montessori promulgated.