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About Our School

Our mission is to nurture and support young, curious minds to explore their world in a way that feels authentic to the learner.

 

At Alyssum, parents and teachers strive to create a supportive and inclusive atmosphere for children’s inquisitive minds. Learning is student-driven and supported by trained teachers. Teacher-leaders and families are partners, building connections that blur the lines between home and school.

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How do we envision Montessori at Alyssum?

Because children are intrinsically motivated to blossom in a beautiful, uncluttered, multi-age learning environment, we surround ourselves with a nature-inspired interior which nurtures the mind and spirit and provides children a sense of calm conducive to learning.  

 

Help Me Help Myself:
The 3-6 Classroom

– Home-like environments are light, bright, uncluttered and child-sized.

– All children work and move at their own pace.

– Each child’s work is respected and uninterrupted.

– Our materials are hands-on and language-rich.

– We emphasize grace and courtesy.

Help Me Know Why and How:
The 6-12 Classroom

– Our classrooms promote experiential learning in all subject areas including ecology, social justice and conflict resolution.

– Inspiring stories and demonstrations fuel the child’s imagination.

– Movement within and out of the classroom builds confidence.

– Group work and independence are encouraged.

Bimonthly Forest School Experiences for grades K-6
Alyssum offers unique experiences for our K-6 grade students with bi-monthly, off-site Forest
School experiences that occur every other Friday between 8:30am-2:30pm. The goal of this
program is to grow independence, problem solving and an appreciation for being outdoors.

Classes with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective for grades 1-6
In collaboration with our local dance collective, Alyssum helps students explore music and
movement through dance and taiko drumming.

Montessori Model United Nations for 6th grade students
A unique program that supports young minds to become world changers on a global scale.
Montessori Model United Nations

Our Teacher Leaders

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Sara Gensic

Co-Founder,

Upper Elementary Teacher Leader

For the past 20 years, Sara was either in the classroom or the library.  She has been fortunate to work with children of all ages from infants through high school and places great value on collaboration with parents, students, and teachers.  While she loves Montessori Cosmic Education for elementary students, some of her favorite lessons include Ancient Civilizations, Peace Studies with Montessori Model United Nations, and Writer’s Workshop. Her educational journey includes an AMI, 6-12 Montessori credential from Hershey Training Center, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Grace College-Winona Lake, IN and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Fort Wayne.  She is overjoyed to be part of the first Wildflower school in Fort Wayne and the state of Indiana.  Likewise, Sara feels grateful to continue sharing Montessori with families in Fort Wayne as she was able to do for her own children for many years.

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Beth Speiser

Primary Teacher Leader

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Beth is ingrained with a deep love for young children.  While home with her two daughters, she opened a home daycare and this is when her passion for the Montessori method began.  Beth earned her Montessori certification for ages 0-6 and has been teaching for the past 21 years.  She strives to teach the whole child with an emphasis for meeting a child’s emotional needs.  She really loves the Montessori math materials and her classrooms are known for their warm, homelike feeling.  This warmth extends to the families of her students.  She is excited to be a part of Alyssum and the Wildflower network so she can pursue her love of lifelong learning and inspire her young students to do the same.

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Suzy Almer

Co-Founder,

Lower Elementary Teacher Leader

Suzy found her love for children after volunteering at a local therapeutic horseback riding center.  From there, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University-Bloomington and followed this with a General Science Teaching Endorsement for grades 6-12.  While growing her family, she earned a Masters in Education from Indiana University-Fort Wayne focused on marriage and family counseling.  She worked regionally to provide homebound preschool services to low-income families and taught parenting classes for a social service agency in Fort Wayne. She discovered Montessori elementary education at a local Montessori School while serving on their board.  She pursued her AMS, 6-12 credential from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN and has relished being in the elementary classroom these past 18 years.  She loves teaching children to appreciate Earth’s beauty and the laws of nature through science and ecology lessons. She is excited to have found The Wildflower Network and to be given an opportunity to pioneer a unique, educational perspective in Fort Wayne focused on the powerful work of social justice through learning about implicit bias in the classroom.

Our Staff

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