Archive | Head of School

The Closing of a Most Unusual Year

When I first stepped into this role almost a year ago, the tasks were large and filled with many unknowns.  It was not just because this position was a new experience for me, but also because of the unknowns facing our school due to COVID-19. We did not know if we would need to close […]

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Progress, Transition and Change

“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline.” – Maria Montessori January is the month where teachers […]

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Reflections on The New Year

By Heather Gray The New Year is a contemplative time for many people.  It is a reminder that, wherever we find ourselves, we may begin anew again and again.  Over the holiday break, I found myself reading poetry by John O’Donohue.  O’Donohue was an Irish poet and author; he was also a priest who is […]

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Creating an Elevator Pitch

By Heather Gray, Head of School One of the Walnut Farm Board Members posed that it would serve the school well if we developed a “Walnut Farm Montessori School Elevator Pitch.” When we think about an “elevator pitch” we may envision a scrappy screenwriter scurrying in after an unsuspecting film producer just as the doors […]

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Independence and Relationship in a Montessori Classroom By Heather Gray This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. The Walnut Farm Parent Association has been showering the staff and faculty with gifts from around the world. You may have seen the plans on the beautifully designed hand out; each day of the week was made special […]

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Montessori and Home-School Connections By Heather Gray   A few weeks into the new school year, we had a Parent Education Night at Walnut Farm.  The focus of the evening was “Cultivating a Montessori Mindset at Home” and teachers and parents gathered and brainstormed with about how to meaningfully set up the home in a […]

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AN INTRODUCTION FROM HEATHER GRAY, HEAD OF SCHOOL It is a great pleasure to be joining the Walnut Farm Staff full time this semester as Head of School. I am grateful to the Walnut Farm Board of Directors, as well as the amazing faculty and staff of Walnut Farm for offering me the opportunity to […]

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Here we are, October already!  The children are working and learning as they near the final stages of the normalization process.  Coming to school every day is becoming routine, and the children have reconnected with old friends while making new ones. Not only have the children been working hard, so have the teachers, staff, administrators […]

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