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1442 E. Chandler Blvd. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 7:45 am

Magical Journey Learning Center • 1442 E. Chandler Blvd.

Being fairly new to the preschool scene, Magical Journey Learning Center has been offering the Ahwatukee community a more intimate schooling experience with its small-classroom setting.

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The school, which is in its second year of completion, currently houses 32 students in grade levels pre-kindergarten through preschool.

Both instructors, Julie Fischer and Michelle Willis, have an immense resume when it comes to education, having more than 20 years of experience teaching at the elementary level.

Fischer believes what separates Magical Journey Learning Center apart from others is how the students work in smaller groups, which gives both instructors the ability to focus more on each of their students.

The school also encompasses community service with its “Lend a Hand” program, where each week students are involved with different community service opportunities.

“We just think that goes to developing that whole social and emotional piece that will hopefully lay a foundation for them for life,” Fischer said.

For more information about Magical Journey Learning Center, 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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