Bristow Montessori School. Bristow, VA 20136

Admissions of students without regard to race, color, gender, or religion

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703 468 1191

9050 Devlin Rd

Bristow, VA 20136

6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Monday to Friday

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703 468 1191

9050 Devlin Rd

Bristow, VA 20136

6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Monday to Friday

Board of Advisors

Respect

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the […]

Concentration

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T14:52:19+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

Natural Process

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T14:53:57+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by […]

Living Environment

“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T14:55:43+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared […]

Education

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T15:07:19+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”

Growth

“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T15:05:35+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.”

Family

“BMS has been wonderful. BMS isn't just a school, they've also become like family. The staff genuinely cares about the children and we couldn't be happier with their services.”

- Parent of 4-year-old

2017-02-16T22:54:25+00:00

- Parent of 4-year-old

“BMS has been wonderful. BMS isn’t just a school, they’ve also become like family. The staff genuinely cares about the […]

Needs

“These words reveal the child’s inner needs; ‘Help me to do it alone’.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T15:04:43+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“These words reveal the child’s inner needs; ‘Help me to do it alone’.”

Love

“Of all things love is the most potent.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T15:02:42+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Of all things love is the most potent.”

Smile

“We have two kids attending BMS and we all love it! We have been part of the BMS family for 3 years now. The staff is always available to answer questions and greet you at the door with a smile. Our kids are excelling in all categories, and way ahead of County school standards for their age. I highly recommend BMS to any parent who wants the best for their child.”

- Parent of 3 and 4 year-old

2017-02-16T23:00:52+00:00

- Parent of 3 and 4 year-old

“We have two kids attending BMS and we all love it! We have been part of the BMS family for […]

Work

“Such experiences is not just play…. It is work he must do in order to grow up.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T15:01:56+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Such experiences is not just play…. It is work he must do in order to grow up.”

Guidance

“But an adult if he is to provide proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the child who is watching him can clearly see his actions in all their particulars.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T15:00:55+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“But an adult if he is to provide proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the […]

Kind

“My 2.5 year old started at BMS when she was only 4 months old, and I couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll her here. With every room my daughter transitions to the teachers are kind and truly care for her well-being. I would recommend this school to any parent without hesitation.”

- Parent of 5-year-old

2017-02-16T23:01:37+00:00

- Parent of 5-year-old

“My 2.5 year old started at BMS when she was only 4 months old, and I couldn’t be happier with […]

Independance

“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

2017-01-27T14:58:13+00:00

Dr. Maria Montessori

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“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”

Bristow Montessori School's Board of Advisors

Marlene J. Darwin, Ph.D.

Marlene Darwin is a Senior Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research, a premier social sciences research organization in Washington, D.C. Dr. Darwin has extensive research and practitioner experience in literacy and instruction, including 15 years as a reading specialist in public schools in Virginia and Georgia. Dr. Darwin received her doctorate in education from George Mason University with specialties in literacy and educational leadership. Dr. Darwin received the Nila Banton Smith Award in 2002 from the International Reading Association for her leadership as a secondary reading specialist. She was also recognized as Reading Teacher of the Year in Virginia for 2002. Dr. Darwin has demonstrated expertise in School Reform and Turnaround, Dropout Prevention, Evidence-Based Practices in Schools, and Translation of Research-Based Practices to Products and Tools for Practitioners. She brings a national policy perspective to the board as well as a deep understanding of children’s developmental needs to become expert readers, writers, and communicators.

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Peter Garbus

Peter Garbus is currently the Principal and Head of School of the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA. He was the founder and Executive Director of the North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg, MA. He previously taught at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA and was part of the inaugural faculty of an innovative public high school in Arizona. With 20 years of experience working in the field of education, he has been a teacher and a school leader in 6 different schools, from small urban public to large suburban comprehensive to small rural independent to urban charter to rural charter. In every setting, he has worked to keep students at the center and to build structures that help all students develop strong minds and strong character. Peter earned his B.A. in History from Brown University and his M. Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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M.F.O. Lafeer, M.D.

Dr. Fausul Lafeer is a board certified Pediatrician in Southern Maryland and has been in practice for nearly 40 years. Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr. Lafeer is well versed in Montessori philosophy and believes that Montessori education is beneficial to early childhood development. In addition to his medical credentials, Dr. Lafeer is a specialist in the field of quality and performance management and is certified by The American College of Physician Executives. He holds an MBA with honors from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Personally, Dr. Lafeer has been married to Mrs. Zooni Lafeer for nearly 40 years. The couple’s two children are Montessori educated; a son who graduated from MIT in Boston and daughter who graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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Alison Papadakis, Ph.D.

Dr. Alison Papadakis is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She holds an A.B. Cum Laude from Princeton University in Psychology, a Masters and Ph.D. from Duke University in Clinical Psychology, and a Certificate in Developmental Psychology from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has broad clinical experience in conducting psychoeducational assessments of children and in providing psychotherapy to children and their families. Her research has examined issues including social development, temperament, self-regulation, and mental health in early childhood through adolescence. Dr. Papadakis has written numerous papers and made conference presentations as an expert in her field. She also co-directs a partnership with the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore focused on the promotion of positive peer interactions in school children. In addition to her professional expertise in psychology, Dr. Papadakis has a 2 year old daughter who attends Montessori.

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Mary Riggs

Montessori educator, parent, and consultant since the early 1970’s, BA in Psychology (St. Mary’s College, New Orleans, LA); Montessori Certification for both the Primary 3-6 year old level (Association Montessori Internationale, Ravenhill Academy, Philadelphia PA), and the Infant/Toddler level (American Montessori Society, Center for Montessori Teacher Education in North Carolina). Over 25 years experience: Lead Teacher in Montessori Primary Classrooms 14 years, at the Montessori School of Northern Virginia, and Sunset Hills Montessori School; assisting in Fairfax County classrooms for special needs (autistic) children 3 years at Oakton Elementary; creating and teaching a Pre-School program for US Army Base, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Department Head and Lead Teacher of a new toddler program at Sunset Hills Montessori (Reston) 7 years, consulting on the creation and evaluation of all aspects of the program. Currently teaching in the Toddler program at Montessori Children’s House of Loudoun programs; creating and implementing Staff Development and Training Programs for toddler staff. Along with the wisdom of Maria Montessori, studied and trained with RIE (Resources for Infant Educators), the highly compatible teachings and writings of Magda Gerber, who is recognized as one of the leaders of the study of infant development, and who taught about respectfully allowing infants security and freedom to explore and learn from their environments. With her husband, Mrs. Riggs raised three confident and remarkable daughters.