Kathy Heckert is passionate about Montessori education and has worked at West Side Montessori for the past 26 years. Kathy taught for 8 years in the Children's House program before moving into administration. Kathy is the Director of Early Childhood Education and works with the children, parents, and teachers from 13 months - Kindergarten.
During these complex months of navigating the pandemic, our efforts and decision-making focused on the safety of our children, teachers, and community. As a result of layered mitigation strategies and the diligence of our families and staff, West Side completed the 2020-21 school year in-person without any transmission of COVID-19 in the school.
Congratulations to WSM technology teacher Tom Burnworth! The Ohio Department of Education named Tom as the recipient of the 2021 Ohio STEM Advocate Award. The Ohio STEM Advocate Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.
Last week, across the globe, Montessorians celebrated the life of Maria Montessori, who revolutionized the future of education. In honor of her work that we so deeply admire and treasure, we would like to share with you a deeper understanding of some of the material that is used in Montessori schools around the world. These unique materials and the training we have gone through as teachers make the Montessori method come alive at West Side Montessori!!!
Molly Bernhardt is a Lower Elementary teacher at West Side Montessori and has been teaching for 27 years.
"I love that a true Montessori experience allows the children to be themselves and create and construct who they will be. I love that children are free to follow a passion, or a need or a challenge and are trusted to make these choices."
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo, and the nation.