Northwest Montessori House of Children
25th Anniversary Celebration
May 29, 2009

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On May 29, 2009, Northwest Montessori was proud to celebrate its 25th Anniversary serving students and families of Austin, Texas. In honor of the occasion, we all gathered for an evening of song and celebration, and took the opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved over the past twenty-five years. We were joined by our incredible students, past and present, the parents who have become a part of our family, the teachers who make Northwest Montessori the school that it is, and all the friends who have meant so much to us over the year. It was a truly magical night, and we are so proud of all the students who worked so hard to put together a wonderful show. The festivities included presentations from all 115 of our currents students, a dance performance, moments of reflection from former students, and closing remarks from our esteemed Executive Director, Ms. Shireen de Silva.

In 1981, Shireen immigrated to Austin from Sri Lanka with her husband Kenneth and two daughters. Her dream was to make a difference in the lives of others, specifically children. In April 1984, her dream became a reality. With the support of her husband, Shireen established a small Montessori school with a modest twelve-student enrollment and named it Northwest Montessori House of Children. Through the years, more students, parents and teachers have joined this family in making Northwest Montessori a locally respected and state recognized educational establishment.

Since its founding, Northwest Montessori House of Children has been dedicated to the intellectual growth and development of more than one thousand students aged 18 months to 6 years. Northwest Montessori supplies the necessary tools and skills children need to confidently continue their educational careers in order to reach their utmost potential and ability.

Northwest Montessori takes pride in its three adjacent campuses and its commitment to a unique, multi-cultural learning environment. Just as Maria Montessori's teaching methods are found in schools all over the world, so we are privileged to welcome students into our school from every culture and creed. Our current students come from over fifteen different countries as varied as India, Brazil, Russia, Ethiopia, China and Australia. We believe exposing our students to such cultural diversity inspires within them a desire to live compassionately and with an open mind. Ultimately, our love for children and the unwavering support of the Austin community helps Northwest Montessori continue to provide a place where children can dream, hope, and aspire to become intelligent, active members of the global community.

We are so grateful to everyone who has helped make our school a successful, positive environment that nurtures our future teachers, scientists, doctors and artists. Thank you for a wonderful twenty-five years!

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25th Anniversary Celebration Pictures