Mission & Philosophy
Montessori School of Oceanside is dedicated to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori in the belief that her teachings provide a scientifically based system which not only aids the child during early development but throughout life. The Montessori philosophy is based on love for the child, respect for the child’s dignity as a person, and a strong desire to help the child realize his or her fullest potential in society.
The school upholds the right of the child to progress at his own pace, in his own individual way and to be provided with the aids he needs for physical, emotional, social and intellectual normal development.
The school offers an environment where in an atmosphere of serenity and respect, the child finds:
- A variety of equipment and material which motivates his spontaneous activity and desire to learn
- Inner order and inner discipline
- Confidence and sincerity in human interactions
- People who lovingly care for his total welfare and development
The Montessori classroom is a social community concerned with the total development of children in a relaxed atmosphere, free of criticism and competition. Our goal is to promote the child’s growth toward autonomy, to give him a positive attitude toward school through an excellent foundation of creative learning. Attitudes and confidence developed while he is yet in formation will serve him throughout his lifetime.
Brenda Dodd has been a part of our school since 1999. She began her teaching career in 1984 in the ROP program in high school. It was there that her love for Montessori education bloomed. She is a self-confirmed lifetime student but, graduated from National University with a BA in Inter Disciplinary Studies and continued on to receive her Masters Degree in Cross Cultural Education in 2002. She currently works in the office here at school as an administrator and is an upper elementary teacher here as well. She is a supporter of learning through the arts and enjoys working with children in theater, music, and dance productions. She is a firm believer in Montessori Education and believes that to follow the child is a benefit that we cannot overlook. “Each child seeks out what he/she needs in their own education. It is our duty and joy to help them find the path that leads them to success!”