About Emily Madden

Emily Madden graduated from the North American Montessori Center in 2011 with her International Montessori Teaching Diploma in Preschool and Kindergarten Montessori. She is the Head of School at Conway Montessori where she has taught for 9 years and attended preschool as a child.

Stories of a New Administrator

A little over a year ago I took over as the Director of the small, private school I taught at for six years and attended as a small child.  Need it be said that I was thrilled?  My staff taught by my side for several years and brainstormed with me for nearly a year.  I [...]

Group Work and the Introverted Student

"As children, our classroom desks are increasingly arranged in pods, the better to foster group learning, and research suggests that the vast majority of teachers believe that the ideal students is an extrovert."  -Susan Cain Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (pg. 6) How often do we as teachers assign group projects and [...]

To Test or not to Test: That is the Question

Picture this, lush green fields and ancient ruins of magnificent structures gazing over the tops of houses on the lanes.  This is my view on the train from York to London.  My family is from Yorkshire and I had the delight of spending time with them during my brief stop.  However, I'm left contemplating a pressing [...]

Fostering an Independent Three-Year-Old

Children are capable of so much more than society gives them credit for.  Helicopter parenting is becoming increasingly common and children are being required to do less and less for themselves.  Sure, it's easier to do for your child rather than wait or risk a tantrum.  How much are they learning from it though?  Today's society [...]

A Letter to First Day Families

You've enrolled at a new school!  Excitement, nervousness, and anxiety towards the unknown start to kick in.  Questions are filling your mind as you and your little one are headed to your first day of preschool.  Stop, take a deep breath, and relax.  For some, the transition to a new school is easy and takes little time at [...]

By | 2016-11-01T13:48:55+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Opinion, Parents|0 Comments