Alumnus Ramesh Shrestha's nontraditional year after high school provided him with countless opportunities for exploration and personal growth. Twelve years of engaging experiences, influential teachers, and independence-driven instruction at Gladwyne Montessori guided Ramesh to not just take that gap year but also equipped him with the necessary attitude in finding the right tools to achieve success academically.
Curious about what the future might hold for your child? Get to know some of our alumni to learn more about the impact of a Gladwyne Montessori education.
John Felicetti, currently working in New York City's world of high-end residential development, found his way to Gladwyne Montessori because of his parents' belief that "community and school shape a young person’s life." Teachers' inspiration and a profound connection to the work and philosophy shaped John then and have continued to resurface ever since.
With a career that spreads vastly over the field of law, Stephanie Rigterink Siko began her schooling at Gladwyne Montessori; now, each of her four children have attended or currently attend our school. Stephanie reminisces about the school's curricular emphasis on order and decision-making, skills she witnesses in her own children today.
Both presently in undergraduate programs at Cornell, siblings Scottie and Lily Zelov spent a combined eighteen years at Gladwyne Montessori and joined to reflect on their experience at our school. They speak fondly of the teachers and an educational philosophy, each having left lasting impressions on them!
One part health scientist, another part writer, alumni Peter Doshi regards Gladwyne Montessori's authentic, qualitative approach to learning, mixed-age classrooms, and teachers—or "stewards of learning"—as paramount to his development. He states, "My Montessori education left me with initiative and independence, nurtured through the kind encouragement of my teachers."