Lower Elementary

LOWER ELEMENTARY PHILOSOPHY & STRUCTURE

  • THE ELEMENTARY CHILD HAS A DEVELOPMENTAL NEED TO ACQUIRE CULTURE AND TO KNOW THE REASON BEHIND THINGS. THE MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY PLAN CONSISTS OF A SPECIAL CURRICULUM AIMED AT TEACHING THE WHOLE HUMAN BEING, BUILDING A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND CREATING INDEPENDENCE.Montessori Elementary Education opens immense fields of knowledge and satisfies the curiosity of the child as he discovers his connection to his world. This imaginative ability to grasp the whole generates an emotion of wonder and gratitude for large-scale diversity.

    The developmental need of the child to associate with others in an organized fashion is also met and enables him to broaden his concepts of the world. A Montessori elementary class is an environment abundant in mathematics, language, science, and cultural subjects. Children work in different capacities on different academic levels. Lessons are presented with drama and excitement. Technology and state-of-the-art information are available in the immediate environment. Students use time management skills as they execute their work plan throughout each week.The elementary-aged child is in a period of heightened social development, so he needs group experiences. Multi-age groupings mean more small-group options relative to ability and interest. They also mean maximizing the potential of each individual child in an environment that has a place for everyone, providing a profound sense of belonging.

MEET THE LOWER ELEMENTARY TEACHERS


Ms. Anita Bender, LEAD TEACHER, LOWER ELEMENTARY 1ST AND 2ND GRADES

Phone: 352-375-6773

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Anita Bender, LEAD TEACHER, LOWER ELEMENTARY 1ST AND 2ND GRADES

  • B.A., Journalism/RTV University of Central Florida
  • American Montessori Society Elementary Education Certification, ages 6-9
  • Certified K-6 Elementary Teacher, State of Florida
  • Certification, Phono-Graphix
  • ESOL training certification
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: travel, film, architecture, and the arts
  • Parent of three Millhopper Montessori alumni
  • MMS Affiliation since 2003
Ms. Susie Long, ASSISTANT TEACHER, 1ST AND 2ND GRADES

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Susie Long, ASSISTANT TEACHER, 1ST AND 2ND GRADES

  • B.S., Business, Louisiana State University
  • Certification, Bradley Method childbirth instructor
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: sewing, reading, and exercising
  • Parent of two Millhopper Montessori alumni and Grandmother of one student
  • MMS Affiliation since 1999
Mr. Richard Aslanian, LEAD TEACHER, LOWER ELEMENTARY 2ND AND 3RD GRADES

Phone: 352-375-6773

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Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Richard Aslanian, LEAD TEACHER, LOWER ELEMENTARY 2ND AND 3RD GRADES

  • B.A., History, University of Florida
  • American Montessori Society Certification, ages 6-9
  • After School Tutoring
  • Youth Sports Official
  • Certified, Phono-Graphix
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: all sports especially mountain biking, photography, building and tinkering
  • Parent of two Millhopper Montessori alumni
  • MMS Affiliation since 1994
Ms. Lindsey  Keohane, ASSISTANT TEACHER, 2ND AND 3RD GRADES

Phone: 352-375-6773

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Lindsey Keohane, ASSISTANT TEACHER, 2ND AND 3RD GRADES

  • B.S., Public Health, University of South Florida
  • Cultural Competency Certified
  • Camp Counselor at Camp Crystal Lake
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: volleyball, singing and traveling
  • MMS Affiliation since 2018

  • LOWER ELEMENTARY CLASS INFORMATION

LOWER ELEMENTARY AGE 6 – 9

  • From ages six to nine years old, students have entered the second plane of development. This plane brings about the development of the “reasoning mind” paired with a vivid imagination. Although abstract thinking is now possible, concrete materials are still necessary to help students achieve genuine understanding. Students need time and freedom to explore concepts of interest. “Big work” holds great appeal at this stage of development.

    Subject areas include practical life, language, mathematics, cultural studies and science, music, library and media, technology, Spanish, art, and physical education. 

    Learn more in our detailed curriculum guide.

     CG


Mr. Richard Aslanian's Class Historical Timeline

  • Each year the students in Mr. Richard's Class prepare for a Historical Timeline. They choose a historical figure to research and prepare for their presentation on October 31st. The students become the figures with costumes and and characterizations.