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1401 E. Liberty Lane Phoenix AZ

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 4:05 pm

God’s Garden Preschool has been part of the Ahwatukee community for a little over 14 years, offering its community a more “flexible” learning experience.

The school currently houses more than 145 students, with ages ranging from 2 to 5 years old, and nearly 20 instructors.

Director Beth Wilson said the school offers a “family atmosphere” for its parents and students, and allows flexibility when dealing with scheduling conflicts.

“It’s a flexible program. Every year we look at the demographics of what parents are looking for,” she said. “We offer a lot of different options from stay-and-play to enrichments. It’s very family orientated… you just walk in here and feel that.”

The school will be hosting its 14th annual Transportation Day on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which centers as a community event for Ahwatukee and a fundraiser for the school.

For more information about God’s Garden Preschool, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

For more information, visit

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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