Montessorican for life!
By Lainie Santos Torres, LAMB Principal
I am one of the many children from all over the world who’ve received a Montessori education. While I am not as famous as Prince William of England or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I truly believe that I am where I am because of Montessori. Montessori has given me the ability to multitask, collaborate, manage my time, and most importantly, it has taught me how to learn. I feel that it was because of Montessori that I was successful at the Stone Ridge School in Bethesda and why I am here today as your new Principal.
I’m looking forward to strengthening our Montessori methodology. We will show how the Montessori method helps children reach new heights academically, socially, and emotionally. When done right, Montessori is the best way to educate the whole child—their mind and their spirit.
I’m also excited to begin my journey with bilingual education. I’ve been speaking both Spanish and English my whole life. I was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States when I was two years old. I really appreciate that my parents felt it was important for me to continue speaking in Spanish while I was learning English. The ability to speak both languages has been invaluable to me. More than anything, it’s kept me connected to my home—Puerto Rico. For me, there’s no better feeling than landing in San Juan, hearing the entire airplane erupt into applause, and being hit in the face with heat and humidity upon exiting the airport. It’s still my favorite place in the world and I couldn’t imagine not being Boricua!
Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th, is approaching. Historically, this has been a time for our country to celebrate members of our society who are descended from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It is also a time for our older students to look more deeply at how Latinos are changing the U.S. and what that means to our students. While one month cannot do any single ethnicity justice, let alone a broad group of people, this is a great time to remember that LAtinos are a diverse group with a rich history and an even richer set of traditions. At LAMB, we value and celebrate Latinx heritage throughout the year. Still, this month gives us an opportunity to be purposeful in highlighting the contributions of these vibrant communities. It will also be our way of saying Bienvenidos to a new school year that we hope will bring everyone joy and love!