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11002 S. 48th St. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:45 am

Ahwatukee Preschool • 11002 S. 48th St.

For more than 30 years, Mountain View Lutheran Church’s Ahwatukee Preschool has been offering the community a safe haven for children to begin their education.

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The school has an enrollment size of more than 70 preschoolers, who are given more hands-on schooling rather than technology-based learning.

Diane Fitzsimons, director, believes that their curriculum and teaching staff separate them from the herd of other preschools in the Ahwatukee area.

“It has always been a school of preparation for kindergarten,” Fitzsimons said. “The longevity of my teachers that are here are very experienced… one of my teachers have been here more than 20 years.”

For more information about Ahwatukee Preschool, visit www.ahwatukeepreschool.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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