Our Mission Statement
At Montessori of Macon, our mission is to educate the whole child for a whole world. Our concept of whole child encompasses and celebrates the social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual aspects of being human.
Our Core Values
Through the strategic planning process, the parents of MOM formulated the following set of Core Values which guide both our actions as parents and the management of our school:
- The Joy of Childhood – Childhood, like other ages of development, is both unique and special. We value the tremendous amount of joy innately associated with childhood. As adults, we facilitate and encourage this joy, understanding that there is a great deal that we can learn and re-discover from children.
- Wonderment – Another unique characteristic of childhood is a natural sense of wonderment and desire to learn. We encourage self-discovery and the innate joy of learning that is part of being human.
- Respect – Within our Montessori community, we value self-respect, respect for others as human beings, and respect for our environment. This provides a safe and nurturing environment that encourages joy and wonderment.
- Diversity – Our value of respect requires we value the diversity within our community. This includes all types of diversity (found within boundaries of our core values): national, cultural, physical, ethnic, religious, spiritual, emotional, educational, economical, social, intellectual, and political. We encourage the quality of being non-judgmental and accepting of all peoples from all backgrounds.
- Harmony – Diversity can lead to divisiveness if it is not coupled with peace. We value harmony with others and choose to resolve our conflicts according to our value of respect. We resolve our differences through empathy and dialogue, and, when necessary, mediation.
- Integrity – Producing harmony with others through empathy and dialogue requires integrity. This means that we are honest with ourselves, with each other, and with our environment. It means that we value personal growth in order that our values are in congruence with our behavior.
- Self-Reliance – We value being “pro-active” and taking responsibility for our personal lives, in order that we may grow in integrity. Although we are a community of individuals who strive to empower one another, we realize that we must first take responsibility for ourselves.
- Academic Empowerment – The combination of the preceding emotional and social values provides a powerful stimulus and rich environment for academic achievement. The Montessori philosophy and methods, applied within the context of Montessori of Macon’s Core Values, facilitate personal growth in order to maximize academic potential. In other words, to reach the fullest of one’s personal potential in life academically, the emotional and social aspects of life must be nurtured as well. The human being is a whole, the sum of whose parts is greater when working together in harmony.