Dear Members of the Quest Community,
We are writing to inform you that Paul Raymond has accepted a position in North Carolina as Head of School at Greensboro Montessori School beginning in July 2014 and that Cheryl Raymond has accepted a position at The Montessori School of Winston-Salem as Elementary Lead Guide/Level Chair. As a result, their family will be relocating to North Carolina following this academic year. The Board of Directors wishes to thank Paul and Cheryl for their commitment and years of service to Quest. We have been very fortunate to benefit from their talents and love of Quest since joining our community seven years ago.
Under Paul’s leadership, the school has transitioned from serving grades first through eighth to a dynamic, authentic Montessori school for students ranging in age from toddlers through middle school. Paul has been unceasing in his commitment and efforts to build a new home for Quest; working with the Quest community, USDA, Town of Narragansett and many others to make the founding families’ vision of a permanent home for Quest a reality. He was instrumental in overseeing the construction, ensuring that the project stayed on time and on budget, successfully opening our new building this academic year.
Throughout this time of transition for the school, which took us from the Canonicus campus to South Road to the new facility, Paul’s financial planning and oversight ensured that the school operated on budget for every year of his tenure. Finally, under his guidance the school’s enrollment has grown substantially, reaching 115 students this academic year. The school is exceptionally well positioned for the future under the stewardship of Paul’s talented faculty, staff and administrative team.
Cheryl has served the school as lead teacher for both the Upper Elementary and Lower Elementary programs. Her high level of training and strong background along with her irrepressible enthusiasm and dedication has provided a rich, authentic Montessori experience to her students at Quest.
The Board of Directors is already actively engaged in planning our search to fill the Head of School position, while Paul will spearhead the effort to identify and hire a new Lower Elementary teacher.
We are very pleased to announce that Quest parent and Board member Khalil Habib will lead the Head of School Search Committee. Khalil has over 15 years of experience in higher education. He has successfully completed many searches for both small and large institutions. Board Chair, Elisa Cardone and Board Vice-Chair Ady Wheeler have also joined the Search Committee. The Board is committed to working in concert with the school community to find our next leader who will continue the strong legacy of excellence at Quest. As such, we will also form an Advisory Committee of interested constituents to secure the community’s input with regards to the qualities of, and requirements for, our new Head of School. In the coming weeks and months you will receive more information about the search process.
We are in a strong position to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and want to assure the community that throughout this process we will maintain our commitment to the goals and mission that define Quest Montessori School. We are confident that Quest will attract the highest-caliber candidates from around the country.
Finally, it has been a pleasure and honor to work with Paul and Cheryl as they have immeasurably strengthened our school and programs. Quest Montessori School would not be where it is today without their dedication and hard work. Please join us in wishing them well as their family begins this new chapter in their lives.
The Quest Board of Directors
Dear Families and Friends,
In June 2006 I left the Montessori School of Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the role of Head of School at Quest. In all my initial meetings I was impressed by the vision of this fledgling school, their enormous pioneering efforts, and the dedication of the founding faculty and board to realize their dream. More than any other quality, the commitment to authentic Montessori education convinced me that I could lead the school to a permanent home.
In June 2012, after many trials and tribulations, we celebrated the singular event of ground breaking on our own land and over the next 12 months built our beautiful and purposefully designed Montessori schoolhouse. This last month we celebrated the completed project at the ribbon cutting ceremony, signifying to all that dreams really can come true.
This rare and proud moment is one of the greatest events of my thirty-year career in Montessori education. Yet I stand on the shoulders of giants, for without the founding families, dedicated faculty and staff, devoted board and families like you; we would not be at this proud moment in the history of the school. I have a deep sense of gratitude for the support and dedication to those that have helped along the way.
Over the summer a series of serendipitous events occurred, and unique professional opportunities for both myself and Cheryl developed, drawing us back to North Carolina, where Cheryl has family and where our daughter is attending college. These unique professional opportunities and the chance to return home to family and friends convinced us that the time was right to leave Quest.
Thanks again for your support. I hope you will share with Cheryl and me in the excitement of a new chapter in our professional careers and know our devotion and dedication to Quest will continue not only through the end of this school year but for many years to come.
Head of School
The Board of Directors is thrilled to finally begin an academic year in our new, permanent home! Our ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 20th was the perfect kick-off to this new chapter in Quest’s story and we thank all community members, both past and present, who helped us make that moment possible. Now that Quest has that big accomplishment under its belt, we are ready to tackle new challenges and goals and are looking for your help.
The Board is inviting all interested members of the Quest community to join us Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to form and task a Site Planning Committee. Development of the new school site is one of our strategic goals as outlined in our five-year plan. As such, the Board will host a meeting to solicit community input on this aspect of the school and to identify members of the community who would like to participate in this Committee.
- Create a plan for funding and installing a playground on-site
- Make recommendations to the Board for developing other areas of the site, such as community gardens, a basketball court, or whatever creative ideas the group would like to suggest.
Ady Wheeler (Vice-Chair)
Click here to view the video - Looking to Montessori to Guide Education Reform: Anna Lee at TEDxMidAtlantic
Published on Jan 7, 2013
Anna Lee has been described as an “educator to the bone.” Lee is a first generation Korean-American from the DC region. She believes that the human potential begins within the hands of a child. In 2010, she was appointed the Director of Education at Meadows Montessori in Frederick. With thirteen years experience teaching Montessori, her dedication to early childhood education spans far beyond her years. She has also served as an Intensive Individual Support counselor for Autistic teens. An avid world traveler, she advocates and consults for Montessori programs for schools all over the world.
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