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/Administrator ~ "Miss" Brenda has been involved in the Montessori field over 22 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/Administrator of Greenwood Montessori School, which she single-handedly established in 2005. 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 two daughters, Kailyn and Alissa and to welcome her grandson Jace years later at Greenwood Montessori School. Year after year, she continues to be amazed by the beauty, wonder and excitement within each child and the consistent success of the Montessori philosophy in action.
Rebecca Kurian, Education Coordinator/Primary Teacher ~ “Miss” Rebecca has been with Greenwood Montessori School for three years and in the field of Education for over 18 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Rebecca is Elementary, Early Childhood and Substitute certified in the State of Rhode Island. Prior to joining GMS, Rebecca worked in the Montessori field with school-aged children and as a Center Director at a large early learning facility in Long Island, New York. Rebecca is passionate about the education of young children and is consistently looking for ways to deepen her understanding of how children learn. Originally from the state of Oregon, she has now made her home in Rhode Island with her husband Nick and two young children, Blake and Madelyne.
Kristina Enright-Vieira, Primary Teacher ~ “Miss” Kristina is the newest member of our Team, initially coming to GMS as a student teacher in September, 2016 and then official being hired as a Primary Teacher in January, 2017. Kristina has recently completed her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is in the process of obtaining her Rhode Island Teacher Certification. She has worked in the early childhood field for over four years, both at a traditional education center and in a home day care setting. She has always loved teaching and has now found a true passion for the Montessori way. Kristina is a Rhode Island native and lives in Cranston with her husband Derek and two children, Mia and Brayden.
Haley Lutz ~ “Miss” Haley began as a Toddler Assistant at Greenwood Montessori School during the 2015-16 school year, the same year we rolled out our Toddler Class. Prior to joining GMS, Haley worked in the early childhood field for six years, primarily with infants and toddlers, in a traditional setting. She has since found a passion for Montessori and continues to pursue it. Haley is in the process of completing the third and final phase of her Montessori Infant/Toddler Training with North American Montessori Center, and now leads the Toddler Class. She has a genuine heart of love for children of all ages and enjoys watching them learn, grow and thrive in our Montessori environment.