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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:45 am

Family of Christ Learning Center has been part of the Ahwatukee community for more than 20 years, keeping students its focal point.

Enrollment is open to children from 2 years old to kindergarten, and the school currently houses nearly 142 students.

Director Sue Nelson has been with the school for more than 10 years and said the center has created an atmosphere geared toward “love for learning.”

“We incorporate a lot of fun in the learning aspect,” Nelson said. “People say to me that there’s something different here, and it’s because of the love we have for the kids.”

The longevity of the teaching staff also speaks volumes for the school, she added.

There are currently 21 teachers working at the school.

For more information about Family of Christ Learning Center, visit www.focaz.org.

• 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 laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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