Montessori Peace Academy utilizes the teaching methods and authentic materials by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori saw a need for young children to have a safe, nurturing environment where they could learn and grow. Dr. Montessori opened Casa Dei Bambini, as a single classroom school in 1907 for 3-6 year old children. Dr. Montessori taught the children practical skills such as how to dress themselves, and how to care for the environment around them. After a few years the program evolved to include mathematics and language.
Today, Montessori schools can be found all over the world.
Montessori Education focuses on the child as an individual, and tailors lessons according to the child’s individual needs. There is no set standard, or expectation for the entire class to follow. Each child works at their own pace.
There are four main sections of the class:
Children will receive a wide variety of group and individual lessons in each subject daily. Outside of the four main areas, art, science, music, and movement are all also incorporated into the Montessori classroom.
Hello Families! I hope to be able to share my passion for Montessori Education with you. My Montessori journey began in 2008 when I started working at a local Montessori school. I fell in love with the method, and couldn’t see myself working in any other type of setting. I received my bachelors from Northern Arizona University, and eventually got my American Montessori Society teaching certificate. After teaching for a number of years with my AMS certificate, my school unfortunately closed. Heart broke, I decided I wanted to continue my Montessori education and I went back to school to receive my Associated Montessori Internationale Certificate from the Southwest Institute for Montessori Studies, followed by my Masters of Montessori Education from Loyola University. It has always been a dream of mine to open my own school, and I cannot believe the dream is now a reality!
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Dillon, and doggie-mom to my fur baby Stella. I grew up in Ahwatukee, and could not think of a more perfect place to open my own program. I love painting, crafting, and spending quality time with my family.
I keep in contact with as many of my former students as possible, and truly believe in creating a “Montessori Community”. I hope to create a warm nurturing environment for children to thrive in academically, and socially. I advocate for kindness above all else in my classroom, and in my every day life.
I am so excited to start this new adventure with all of you!
My name is Audrey Roodvoets and I am an AMI Primary Lead trained teacher. I am so grateful to be a part of the lovely Montessori Peace Academy community, working as the Assistant. I grew up in a small town called Huntsville, Ontario in Canada. My mother was a founder and teacher of a Montessori school where I attended from Primary through Grade 8. I have many fond memories of attending Montessori school and attribute much of my later academic and personal success to that experience. I went on to receive a BA of Liberal Arts at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA. Shortly after, I moved to Arizona on my continual chase for more sunshine and worked for some years as a program coordinator at a Domestic Violence agency. Over and over again, my clients (domestic violence offenders) would tell me they wished they learned the content of our classes (social skills, interpersonal communication skills, ability to recognize and deal with emotions) as children. These comments led me to reflect on my own early childhood experience at Montessori school where I did learn all of those skills. It became very clear in that moment that the generation of a peaceful society begins in early childhood and that is where I should focus my efforts. Therefore, I pursued and completed my Montessori training at Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies in 2019 and have been teaching and/or assisting in Primary classrooms since then. In my free time, I love to do yoga, go hiking, play guitar, and cook!
We have put so much time into making this environment a peaceful safe space for the children. We have so much room to spread out!
We have individual tables or rugs for the children to work on in the classroom
Our outdoor space is the hidden gem of the school! We have bikes, a water table, a small slide, picnic tables, a garden, and more!
Our playground is fully covered with a huge overhead shade and is equip with a misting system for those hot summer days!