Award Year: 2019

Montessori Education Centre Charter School - Mesa

2834 East Southern Avenue
Mesa, AZ, 85204-5517

(480) 926-8375

Ms. Cassi Mackey, Principal at time of Nomination

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Montessori Education Centre Charter School

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Montessori Education Centre is devoted to nurturing the whole child's growth and guiding the transformation of each student while modeling a love of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 9%
MEC:  Growth and Transformation

MEC: Growth and Transformation

The logo of the Montessori Education Centre (MEC) is comprised of both a seedling and a butterfly. It is imagery that speaks to the essence of Montessori and represents what MEC holds sacred. Each stage of development changes an individual. Given a rich environment, full of love and freedom, the child advances through his/her sensitive periods of growth (represented in the plant) and spontaneously changes into a new individual (represented in the butterfly).

Individualized education, independent work, intrinsic motivation, investigative exploration, interactive experiences, and inclusive community development are the guiding principles of learning at MEC. Implemented for decades throughout each level of our students' engagement, from our infants to our sixth graders, these ideologies and practices have been part of developing children who serve others, achieve academically, steward their environment, respectfully challenge the norm, and operate with grace and courtesy.

Over one hundred years ago, Maria Montessori set in motion an educational revolution that put the whole child first, with teachers able to observe, nurture, and guide him/her for three years at a time, in a setting that allows the student to navigate and create, while being adaptable to scholastic demands and evolutions. MEC has been proud since 1996 (and an additional decade before our charter) to do our best for the children of the East Valley of Arizona in upholding what Maria Montessori started, which is why our young plants and butterflies become well-rounded citizens, perform well on state tests, and treat each other and the greater community well.