Hershey Alumni

Wherever You Go, You'll Never Be Far From Your Home at Hershey Montessori

We’ll never forget the time you spent with us at Hershey Montessori, and the school will always be a place you can come visit, reconnect with a guide or catch up with former classmates.  Let us know where you are these days, and of any significant developments in your life. We would love to share this information with your fellow alumni through our newsletter. Fill out the Hershey Montessori School Alumni Questionnaire to add your name to our mailing list and update your address.

Your alumni contact is Makella (Slavick) Webster, Class of 2003, at mwebster@hershey-montessori.org.

Alumni Web Site

Visit the Hershey Montessori alumni web site for the latest news and events, or contact our alumni coordinator to reconnect.

Email Makella Webster at mwebster@hershey-montessori.org

Alumni on Social Media

Stay connected with your classmates on social! Join our Hershey Montessori Alumni Groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Alumni Week

Have you wondered how Hershey Montessori School alumni and former students are doing? The week of January 23, 2017 will be Alumni Week and will have a special alumni focus online.  We will be posting alumni updates, memories, blogs, photos and more.  Don’t miss out!...
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Community Reflections Part 2

In honor of Montessori Education Week, honoring the sense of community that was fostered in us as Montessori students is important. Many people go about their lives looking inward, asking questions like ‘How can I help me?’ ‘Is this going to benefit me?’ ‘What can I...
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Global Reach

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” – Dr. Maria Montessori We put together a map of all of the cities that we know alumni are currently living in, and the...
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Why Are There No Desks?

When we were students at Hershey Montessori School, we had the opportunity to learn and work in classrooms that did not have stationary desks. We could sit at tables with friends, we could sit on the floor to work (some lessons required it!), and if we had a lesson...
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Breaking New Ground

On May 12th, 2016, Hershey Montessori School celebrated the groundbreaking of a new building at the Huntsburg Campus that will house the completion of the Upper School. “Every time Hershey Montessori School has expanded their programming, it’s because the students...
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Reflection and Update from Katie Vadakin

My name is Katie Vadakin, and I grew up in the Hershey community from 18 months old to 14 years old (1997-2010), however, Hershey continues to be a part of me today. I am currently in my third year at Bentley University, a business-centered university in Boston....
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Montessori Education Week and Community

This week, (February 26 through March 3), is Montessori Education Week – celebrating the 110-year anniversary of Montessori Education! Hershey Montessori School started almost forty years ago, in 1978 as a rental space with eight students. Today, there are 271...
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Welcome to #HersheyAlumni Week

My name is Makella and I am the Hershey Montessori School Alumni Coordinator. From age three to fourteen (1993 to 2003), I had the joy of attending Hershey Montessori School. My time at Hershey Montessori School impacted me in so many ways and it continues to...
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Reflection and Update from Jake Hines

Since attending Hershey Montessori School I have reminisced many times about all the incredible experiences I had there. Even now, as I sit hundreds of miles away surrounded by the warmth of a Florida winter, I can remember in the most vivid detail the lessons and...
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Alumni Panel Event – March 16, 2017

What is life like after Hershey Montessori School? On March 16, four alumni of Hershey Montessori School will be participating in a Panel Event at the Concord Campus at 6:30 PM. We will share some of their life experiences and perspectives after leaving the Montessori...
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Life After Hershey: An Alumni Blog

Alumni Panel Event – March 16, 2017

Alumni Panel Event – March 16, 2017

What is life like after Hershey Montessori School? On March 16, four alumni of Hershey Montessori School will be participating in a Panel Event at the Concord Campus at 6:30 PM. We will share some of their life experiences and perspectives after leaving the Montessori method of education, and answer your questions about our life choices such as college and/or careers and giving back to the community.

All are welcome! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to RSVP@hershey-montessori.org! For more information, please visit the Facebook event here

If you’re not able to attend in person, the event will be filmed and posted online.

The four panelists participating are Leigh Emelko, Katie Vadakin, Connor DeWalt, and myself, Makella Webster.

Leigh Emelko is currently a student at Case Western Reserve University and studying Anthropology. She is also in Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority serving as the Goals Coordinator for Honor Council. She is also involved in Global Health Design Collaboration to help improve medical waste handling in Uganda, has studied abroad in the UK, and is planning on studying in Amsterdam in May. She also volunteers at Urban Squash Cleveland teaching kids how to play squash and tutoring them as well.

Katie Vadakin is currently a student at Bently University in Boston, MA and interns at an application security company called Veracode, Inc. She is studying Finance with a double minor in Marketing and Spanish for Business, and will graduate in 2018.

I am a Marketing Coordinator for Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment located in Nashville, TN. My husband and I moved to Nashville about four years ago. I have worked at two nonprofit organizations and did marketing for a band from home and did a few national tours with them before being hired at Provident Label Group two years ago. I attended Ohio University for undergrad and graduate school and have my Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Production with a double minor in Music and Business, and my Master’s Degree in Media Management.

Connor DeWalt is currently a House Parent at the Huntsburg campus. He attended Hiram College and received his Bachelor’s Degree in History. While attending college, he was on the ultimate Frisbee team and was the captain of the men’s rugby team. At Hershey Montessori School, he teaches outdoor skills and is involved in other classes and activities with the students such teaching snowboarding, leading a book group, etc. He plans on pursuing his Montessori training to become a guide.

We hope that you will attend the event on March 16th!

Makella Webster
Hershey Montessori School Alumni Coordinator

Life Beyond Hershey