Over the Mountain Journal
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Bruno Montessori Academy marked its 40th anniversary with a reunion and celebration Sept. 18 at the school in North Shelby County.
The event included a dedication ceremony for the late Theresa Sprain, who founded the academy with the late supermarket magnate Joseph S. Bruno in 1982. The school began as a small classroom of children ages 3-6. A year later, Sprain received her Montessori certification. Over the years, the campus expanded and grew into its current form as a toddler through eighth grade school.
“It was my mom’s dream to build a prepared environment that focused on the human spirit and embraced each child’s true potential,” Sprain’s daughter, Kathy Maxfield, said.
Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy is accredited by the American Montessori Society and Cognia, a nonprofit organization that accredits primary and secondary schools.
The Montessori method of education offers a different approach to learning. Among its aspects is recognizing that children learn in different ways, and all learning styles are accommodated, according to the school’s website, www.brunomontessori.org. Students learn at their own pace, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
“Many students have shared in the Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy learning experience over the past 40 years. Learner outcomes for our students are independence, confidence, social responsibility and academic preparation,” said Rebecca Little, interim head of school.
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