Letter from Paul Raymond, Head of School

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.

Sincerely,
Paul Raymond
Head of School

Join Us! Quest Community Meeting: Site Planning Committee

Dear Members of the Quest Community:

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.

The mission of the Site Planning Committee will be to:
  1. Create a plan for funding and installing a playground on-site
  2. 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.

The meeting will take place at the school. We hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

Quest Board of Directors:
Elisa Cardone (Chair)
Ady Wheeler (Vice-Chair)
Amy Smith (Treasurer)
Matt Daily (Secretrary)
Khalil Habib
Scott Clark

Looking to Montessori to Guide Education Reform: Anna Lee at TEDxMidAtlantic

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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