Today we’d like to introduce you to Anissa Arloro.
Anissa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When Melrose Montessori School was founded by Beatrix Masszi, in 1974, I was enrolled as a three year old student. My Montessori experience remained with me throughout my years of education, as well as the respect for Beatrix. She is my dear mentor, whom helped ignite my passion and dedication to furthering a true Montessori experience for children. It was Beatrix that helped me choose the path of studying Montessori after going to college for business and fashion. She advised me to train under the late Renilde Montessori, which further catapulted my excitement and passion for the method. My first job was here at Melrose Montessori, and after years of raising children of my own, and running other Montessori programs, it is my home away from home once again as owner. Carrying on the legacy to which Beatrix selflessly dedicated herself for over forty years, brings me great joy, gratitude and motivation. I look forward to every day, and strive to offer the best Montessori experience in the community.
Has it been a smooth road?
I have had other experiences running other programs over the years, some easier than others, all valuable, and mostly quite enjoyable, which I attribute to the great love I have for what I do. It is one of the great gifts of working with children. No matter how difficult a situation is, the young lives in front of you each day, keep you in the moment, and moving forward with hope. Returning to my origins in Montessori here in Melrose, holds tremendous sentimental value.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Melrose Montessori School – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Melrose Montessori School offers a Montessori program for children ages 2 year 9 months through 7 years. It adheres to an authentic Montessori philosophy, following the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale, which is the organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929. Montessori specializes in educating each child to his potential. It offers a unique specialized prepared environment that nurtures the characteristics and traits of each particular developmental stage. It offers a close community of local families, serving generations within families. Alumni return over the years, to visit, spend the day, volunteer their time and skills, and enroll their own children. It provides a foundation in solid life navigating skills, that children carry on to their next experience, and throughout their life, with fond memories.
As a school we work closely with parents in aiding their child’s development, through our work in the classroom, as well as parent educational events. Parents are inundated with information on education and parenting. They are busy, hardworking and trying their best to provide their children with everything they need to be happy and successful. It is important as a school community, to offer support and guidance in deciphering the helpful from the distracting information.
It takes much dedication to offer true Montessori, and we take that to heart as a school community. As curricula and standards in education change over the years, Montessori remains in the forefront with its goal for each child, with a tried and true, solid method.
The reputation that the school holds for guiding children as they begin their educational journey and development as a contributing member of society, keeps me as an owner highly motivated, and dedicated to constantly strive to do even better, grow the program, and spread the word so that more children can benefit.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that Boston is a small but rich city in culture, education, medicine and diversity. The immediate suburbs offer similar experience on a smaller scale, with quieter neighborhoods, and great proximity. Melrose is a great booming little northern suburb, with lots to offer families.
After spending six years in Florida, what I like least about our city is honestly, the weather.
- Address: 70 West Emerson St
Melrose, Ma 02176
- Website: www.melrosemontessori.com
- Phone: 7816650621
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All images property of Melrose Montessori, with permission from each child’s parent in writing.
Anissa is photographed working with children in all photos. One photo of Anissa and Beatrix seated her boat, where she is living during her retirement.