Thanksgiving at Inspire Kids Montessori

Nate Rapp looks up at his father while taking a bite of turkey during the Thanksgiving potluck at Inspire Kids Montessori on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

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With the year coming to a rapid end, Inspire Kids Montessori is gearing up to finish its first fall season in a new Ahwatukee location.

This is the second Inspire Kids Montessori for Ahwatukee. The first opened in June of 2010 on Agave Road.

The second location opened in August, and had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 22.

Deciding to have the ribbon cutting ceremony three months after the grand opening was due to the school administrators wanting to focus on getting students adjusted with their new surroundings, rather than celebrate the opening of the school.

Director Diana Darmawaskita assisted with the renovations of her new location being that she has an extensive background in civil engineering.

Darmawaskita was pleased with the turnout on the grand opening, despite the rainy weather.

One of the reasons Darmawaskita and her staff choose Ahwatukee for their schools is due to the community’s family orientation and the community support of small business owners.

“We find that it’s a right fit for our bossiness model here,” she said.

The school houses about 60 students, which stretch across the age groups of 14 months to 6 years old.

The school is continuing with its school’s expansion, currently working on opening two more classes to add to the five classrooms.

“Every year we grow even more,” Darmawaskita said.

All instructors are Montessori certified, and assist students in focusing on not only academics, but social behavioral skills as well.

Darmawaskita said the two aspects go hand-in-hand because growth in academics and social skills can assist the child as they continue to grow and mature.

“The program is individualized, so there is no one size fits all. It’s wonderful when the kids are more advanced we definitely cater to the child. When the child is not ready, we are not pushing him or her to move on, so they have the time to master the concept,” she said. “Overall the children are doing very well here because it’s a very small class size, and they get a lot of one-on-one attention.”

For future endeavors, Darmawaskita and her team plan on being known as one of the top Montessori school to go to, and be known in the Ahwatukee community as a family oriented school, where the setting is a “home away, from home” atmosphere.

“The relationship with the parents, I would like it to be a close-knit community. We really cater to the parents that we want the best education and well being for the child,” Darmawaskita said.

The second Inspire Kids Montessori, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., is still open for enrollment.

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