MSSR helped me discover a love for learning that has been a fixture of my education ever since. Given the choice to pursue whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, along with the helpful guidance of my teachers, I was able to dive into the topics that were most interesting to me. Montessori school gave me a learning environment where I regularly felt challenged, and the system of support and love that was put in place made me feel special, accepted, and inspired. Now, as a musician and a songwriter, I can say that I was able to set the groundwork for my passion for music at Montessori school. I wrote some of my first songs in the school, learned about the lives of famous composers and was able to recognize their pieces, and had regular opportunities to perform and be goofy. Instead of “checking boxes” and simply having her students memorize information, Mrs. Carmen and her staff regularly encouraged creativity, and taught students to practice acceptance and compassion, always leading by example. I learned real world skills such as cooking, polishing, and ironing, and I could piece together a map of Europe with the best of them thanks to MSSR. I was also taught to be kind, honest, hardworking, passionate about everything that I do, and open minded towards trying new things. Enrolling me in Montessori School is one of the best decisions that my parents have made for me.