This is a space to talk about not only some wonderful teachers I’ve known in the past, but also the wise and thoughtful people I currently teach with, and how we approach working with children. Sometimes people ask, “What is the teaching philosophy at your school? Is it Montessori? Waldorf? Reggio Emelia? Project-based? Play-based? Structured? Not structured?”

The answer is that we borrow from a variety of other programs, authors and mentors. Our strongest influencer is Bev Bos, but we can’t say that we truly follow any one particular person. The program has evolved over time but it also has refused to evolve in certain ways, because our staff has been working together for many years and we agree about what kids need: unstructured time in an organized environment, with interesting materials available and trusted adults nearby for consultation and guidance but not interference in their plans.