Shepherd Montessori is a very special school, and our decision to send our children to there is the best parenting decision we have made thus far.
Our son had attended morning nursery school elsewhere a few days per week, but when it was time to send him to Junior Kindergarten, we felt he did not have the motor skills, the attention span, the self-control or social skills to be in a large, full-day kindergarten classroom. He did not want to put on his own shoes, nor zip up his coat, and while he was pretty good with his academic development milestones, we worried that he was not socially ready to be in a large, all-day class. We did our research, decided upon Shepherd Montessori, and we have never looked back.
Under the warm, consistent care of their amazing team, our son completely blossomed. He became a “zipper expert” in no time, became better at sharing, caring, reading, writing, and grew spiritually as well. Mrs. Fariba Naujoks is an amazing educator and put our son on a path to success. Once he left Shepherd and went into the Catholic school system, his teachers regularly remarked about what great habits our son exhibits. We know, without a doubt, that the individualized attention and support he received while at Shepherd set him up for success in the school system. Sending our son to Shepherd for his JK and SK years was the absolute right choice for our child. In fact, although we did not have the same concerns with our daughter, we subsequently sent her to Shepherd Montessori for her JK and SK years too. We wanted to ensure she received the same, strong, full foundation for school success as her brother. Warmest thank you to the DiMichele Family and staff. We would unequivocally recommend this amazing little school to other parents.
Paul & Sandra