Directress, Olivia Chen (Mrs. Olivia) holds a Master of Science Degree, a Montessori Certificate for teaching 3-9 year olds, an Advanced Director Credential, and has 30 years of experience teaching children 0-13 and adults up to the age of 65. She is currently working on Montessori certification for 6-12 year olds.
Blessed Star teachers must have a Child Development Association (CDA) Credential or be in the process of obtaining an A.A., B.A. or M.A. Degree or a Montessori Certificate. All teaching staff must complete a 45-hour Introductory Childcare Course and 20 hours of continuing education annually. Our teachers are CPR and First-Aid Certified.
Why Montessori at Blessed Star Montessori Christian School?
Montessori Education is child-centered. Montessori teachers study their students, listen for questions that most children urgently ask, and discover the learning activities that most motivate the children in their classroom. They continually adapt the learning environment to provide optimal conditions for children’s self-motivated learning.
Montessori fosters independence and self-discipline. The Blessed Star experience helps children grow into autonomous, self-confident individuals. Young children learn to take care of themselves and their environment and to choose their work independently. As they grow older, they learn to manage their time and focus on projects that they design.
Montessori creates a nurturing environment. Blessed Star gives children an environment in which they feel loved by friends and teachers. Children learn to ask for help when they need it, and to give help when they can.
Montessori builds a strong foundation of conceptual understanding. Children work with carefully designed materials at increasing abstract levels. They develop a firm understanding of concepts at a concrete level, and later build on those concepts as they mature into abstract thought.
Montessori cultivates respect and compassion. Blessed Star teachers share a commitment to multicultural education. Teachers encourage cooperative work and teach conflict resolution skills. Children learn to identify and challenge bias, and to see themselves as part of the rich fabric of society.
Montessori inspires curious, lifelong learners. Blessed Star encourages children to bring their curiosity to school. Whether they are inspired to learn tying their shoes or about reptile behavior, Blessed Star students receive encouragement for exploration, along with the skills they need to become independent in their learning.