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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:42 am

Teach ‘N’ Fun Ahwatukee has been in the community for more than four years, offering a “family” atmosphere for all its students.

The original Teach ‘N’ Fun opened in the West Valley during the ‘80s, and the owners decided to expand the business to Ahwatukee.

Teach ‘N’ Fun currently houses nearly 100 students, ages 2 weeks to 11 years old.

Co-director, Kim Hale, says what makes the school unique from others is the emphasis on a family environment and the affordability.

The school charges $165 per week for full-time students, which hasn’t increased since the school opened.

“When we say that we are family owned and that we have that family atmosphere, the families definitely feel that. We know them personally, we know about their families, about their back stories, about their pets, and I think they value that personal attention,” Hale said.

For more information about Teach ‘N’ Fun, call (480) 704-1440.

• 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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