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Lawrence Montessori School ready for new building, growth

July 2, 2010

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Adria Marques, who works for First Management, carries a sheet of plywood for roofing this week as workers framed the new Lawrence Montessori School at 1300 Research Park Drive. The new school is expected to open later this year.

Adria Marques, who works for First Management, carries a sheet of plywood for roofing this week as workers framed the new Lawrence Montessori School at 1300 Research Park Drive. The new school is expected to open later this year.

In August — once the construction workers leave — Purviz Birdie will move her preschool out of her basement and into a new building.

The plan for the new Lawrence Montessori School, 1300 Research Park Drive, was set in motion last year.

“We have been wanting to do this for a long time,” Birdie said.

Birdie opened her home to teaching in 1997, and her business kept growing. Ten children are currently enrolled in Birdie’s Montessori program — and the new center will accommodate 90 children.

The new school also will have classrooms, a sleeping room, a physical care area, activity and play room and an eating area.

Karen Huffman, the new school’s manager, said Birdie looked all over the world for the best teachers she could find.

“One’s coming from the UK, and one’s coming from Korea, I think,” she said.

The school will also have an infant section, in addition to its preschool children.

“It’s such a great reward being able to educate young children,” Birdie said.

Susie Wilson was referred by a friend to Birdie’s school 10 years ago. Her two older sons attended the school, and now her 4-year-old daughter does.

“I’m excited for her to be expanding,” Wilson said. “She’s Lawrence’s best-kept secret.”

Comments

Paul R Getto 3 years, 9 months ago

The Montessori model won't meet all children's needs, but people need to look seriously at what they do and see if some if will work in public schools. We have created a system that works for some students, but a 'factory' model tends to ignore basic biology and the way children really grow and learn. Brain compatible schools will someday be the norm.

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Lori Nation 3 years, 9 months ago

She is the best. My two daughters attended her daycare, and learned so much. They really liked it there and I wish they could go back again. I would recommend her to anyone and she is really affordable.

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decoupe71 3 years, 9 months ago

My daughter and son both attended Purviz's home Montessori school a couple of years ago. We have nothing but good things to say about Purviz. She is a great teacher and we wish her the best of luck with her new school!

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Jeff Cuttell 3 years, 9 months ago

These people are great! Parents should be very excited about the expansion.

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