In an effort to care for and instill a sense of respect for their children, Spring Hill Montessori's class consists of less than half the number of children often found in many area preschool classrooms. As both teachers are certified lead teachers they provide a level of instruction and expertise that is difficult to match in larger schools.
Our goal of educating children is to provide them with a foundation of competence and confidence to function independently throughout their lives. The objective of the Spring Hill Montessori School is to gently guide the child's first steps away from home and provide them with skills they will need to succeed in their years of elementary school and beyond.
To provide a setting to fit their vision of the highest-quality educational environment, Mark and Victoria converted the second floor of their two-family home into classrooms. Not only is there ample space for the children to play and learn, the neighborhood setting better reflects the preschooler's transition out of their home and into school. From Blakeslee Street, Spring Hill Montessori appears like any other home, but inside is a wonderland built to a child's scale and equipped with an unending succession of inviting and informing activities. Spring Hill Montessori strives to create a modern Montessori children's house with the introduction to routines, academics, and the ground rules. When our children move on to their elementary schools they are prepared to thrive.
The four classrooms, flooded with sunshine, are outfitted with shelves containing beautifully maintained educational toys and Montessori materials. The children are free to choose materials off the shelves and play with them for as long as they like. Following the Montessori method, children are able to explore and learn at their own pace and at their level of the readiness. For gross motor development the children play on a well-supplied backyard playground. Besides multiple climbing and play structures there are many outdoor toys with which to play and pretend.
Unprecedented among area schools, Spring Hill Montessori boasts a five to one student to certified lead teacher ratio. By keeping the student/teacher ratio low, children are afforded the help they need when they need it. The faculty at Spring Hill Montessori understands the importance of regular and timely updates to parents of their child's progress.They make a point of daily contact with parents and caregivers.
Mark Oliva is the director and head teacher.
Victoria Oliva serves as his classroom teaching assistant, business manager and admissions director. Mark and Victoria Oliva graduated with BAs from Connecticut College in the early eighties. Victoria earned her K-8 teaching certificate from Connecticut College and Mark earned a master's degree in Business and Organizational Communication from Emerson College. Mark received his Montessori pre-primary credential in 1990 from NEMTEC where he regularly guest lectures to Montessori teaching candidates. They have 2 adult children.