The June 8, 2012 graduation marked the 39th in The Montessori School’s history. Alumni from The Montessori School may be young, but not without wisdom. Alumna Lindsay Sandmeyer ’02 observed in her graduation speech, “I am a graduate from The Montessori School, Abington Friends School, and Boston College. Today, as a college graduate, I like to think I have just begun my ‘freshman year of real life’.”
Personifying the spirit of Montessori, she went on to say, “Now, what I want you to do right now is to think in your mind of a picture of the human body. First, picture the head, or the brain. This is where your school education goes; math, science, history. Now think about the other parts of the body. Picture the legs. Think of physical education, health, and well-being. Learn to eat well, exercise, and maintain a healthy life style. Next, think of the hands. This is where you learn to give back to others, to use your hands to create positive change in the world, whether that’s giving’s someone a high five or picking up trash in the street. With your ears, listen carefully to what other say, hearing not only the words but any underlying message. Now imagine the core of the human body. Here is where your core values are. What’s important to you? Why is it important? What are the key components to your life? How did you decide what’s important to you? Finally, don’t forget to educate your heart. Be kind, be humble, treat others as you wish to be treated, accept love into your life. Educate the whole person, every part of being and self.“
The Kevin Wallace Sportsmanship Award was given to Sophia Mele ‘15, the Arnold Zeleznik Citizenship Award was given to Katrina Janeczko ‘13, and Tracey and Rodney Sandmeyer, alumni parents, were accepted into the Zaharchuk Society for their outstanding support of The Montessori School.