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Our Alumni

At Community Montessori School, we are very proud of our alumni and their accomplishments, and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.

If you or your child attended Community Montessori School, we hope you’ll take some time to learn all the ways you can connect with CMS and support our ongoing effort to provide a quality Montessori education to students in the Tampa Bay area.

Community Montessori Alumni in Tampa, FL

Why Do Community Montessori School Graduates Flourish?

The rich and diverse success of CMS Grads is remarkable. Why do our graduates flourish so? Here are three fundamental reasons…

They love to learn!

Montessori education recognizes that every child has a questioning mind and a big imagination. That’s why, at Community Montessori School, the students ask the questions —their own questions—not the teachers’.

We empower them to find the answers themselves. When a CMS student finds something they’re interested in, they seek it out and do research about it. They talk to their friends and come up with group projects. They learn how to learn. They love to learn. It’s a gift they retain for the rest of their lives. And when you possess that love of learning just for the sake of learning, there is no limit to how far you can go.

They know who they are!

The Montessori belief is that children are born with everything they need to construct themselves. The core Montessori principle of respect for the individual—yes, even a 2-year old individual—allows CMS students to know they are heard. This validates their ever-evolving ideas about themselves and the world, and quiets that internal voice which says, “Should I say this? Should I think this?”

Community Montessori School empowers students with the freedom and resources to learn what they are good at, what they love, and what their gifts are. That’s why the CMS graduate doesn’t need to “go find themselves” in their 20’s. They know who they are.


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They know how to do things!

Yes. It’s true. Community Montessori School’s toddlers make their own snack. The elementary kids do math problems in the millions. The adolescents have their own business—a profitable business. CMS honors their independence—“the valorization” of the individual. We take away the obstacles to learning, and when the child is ready, we assume they can do more than the world assumes they can do.

As a result, our students manage their time better than their peers. They know how to access the resources to learn. Ultimately, Community Montessori School grads leave with a real set of tools that allow them to tackle the challenges in this world and contribute in a positive way as adults. They go forth as poised young people— the problem-solvers in a complex society and fast-changing world.

The reality is that Community Montessori School’s real-world learning environment prepares your child remarkably well for any environment—not only for high school and college, but for the fast-changing demands and unlimited possibilities our 21st century world has waiting for them beyond college.

In this edition of our Alumni Highlights Newsletter you will be able to hear from some of the graduates themselves and hear what they have to say about their experiences at CMS and beyond in their own words! They have developed the foundation to flourish wherever they go.

Here are some words from our Alumni…

“I attended Community Montessori School from 1997-2010. I started in Miss Phyllis’ toddler classroom, progressed to Miss Jean’s classroom, through both Lower and Upper Elementary, and then graduated from the Adolescent Program. I am now attending Appalachian State University, on a prestigious leadership scholarship where I am pursing a degree in Exercise Science so that I may one day achieve a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

I congratulate every single one of you in making the best decision possible for your child’s future. Notice that I did not just say education. Yes, CMS will undoubtedly give your child a great academic foundation, just ask any one of its college-bound graduates to prestigious universities on scholarship, but it will also help him or her develop life skills that simply are not part of the educational experience at other schools.

Life skills such as creativity, confidence, conflict resolution, public speaking, manners, personal responsibility, character, and good stewardship of the environment are fostered. Everyday of high school, I looked around and saw students who lacked these life skills. How many of you can say that your school explicitly taught you how to set a table, give a speech, compose music, or that with freedom of choice comes responsibility? Community Montessori School uniquely teaches its students to problem-solve as a team and as a community. This is the value of a CMS education.

What is more important though, is that CMS Alumni can be found all over the world pursing their passion. Deidra Meysembourg (class of 2008) is traveling abroad in France, with the passion for French that started at CMS, studying textile art and photography. Ryan Deklerk (class of 2010) wants to pursue either a Ph.D. in either physics or chemistry, and receive a Master’s in whichever he does not get a Ph.D. in. Realizing that, “I can be successful at whatever I set my mind to,” Hannah Barr (class of 2010) chose to pursue her passion for ballet at one of the most highly revered dance schools in the country, the Alvin Ailey Dance School at Fordham University.

While these students did not graduate high school from CMS, each of them developed the foundation to achieve his or her fullest potential in the classrooms, playgrounds, libraries, fields, kitchens, and gardens there. I have seen the successes its programs can achieve with the right resources. One day, when I return to Tampa with a family of my own, I hope that my children will be able to attend Community Montessori School.”


Majoring in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University

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