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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Letter to Parents Considering Hershey Montessori School for Their Child

Dear Potential Hershey Montessori School Parent, Congratulations! You have the opportunity to make a decision that will impact the rest of your child’s life for the better. Your child will learn and grow in a beautiful prepared environment perfectly suited to his or...
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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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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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Life After Hershey: An Alumni Blog

Community Reflections Part 2

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 get out of doing this?’ ‘How can that person help me get ahead?’ While Montessori promotes independence, decision making, and helping the child to think for themselves, there is also an external focus to the work done, the lessons taught, and community that is fostered. In many, if not all, of the lessons that we learned as students, there was a thread that runs through them which is the betterment of the world and mankind – sometimes through the connection with nature and other living things, sometimes through projects that help the community run smoothly, sometimes through knowledge about historical issues and issues facing society today, sometimes it’s through the Practical Life work. Almost every lesson we were taught had a connection to the greater world – what we learned was to either directly better the world and those around us, or to equip and inspire us to make the world around us better.

(All photos are of Hershey Montessori School students or former students)

Dr. Montessori called children ‘a hope and a promise for mankind…’, said that “An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live…” and that, “The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity.”

Dr. Montessori said these things because she believed that her curriculum and the way that she designed an educational system are meant to educate children as a whole, not just academically. By educating the whole child and interweaving peace and community throughout the pedagogy, these statements she made are attainable because the alumni and former students will be living out the principals of peace and community knowingly and unknowingly.

 

Looking at the basic needs of an individual, the desire for community (and thus peace within that community) is one of the essentials. According to Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs,’ once the basics are met (food, clothing, shelter, safety), the next level of need is belonging, followed by esteem, self-actualization, and self-transcendence, which is helping others. Dr. Montessori designed a curriculum and a system that educates, develops, and encourages these innate needs which is a big reason why it works. She knew what mankind needed – belongingness, esteem, self-actualization, and self-transcendence – and developed an environment where those needs are met, fostered, cared for, and grown. The environment that Dr. Montessori envisioned was created by Hershey Montessori School 39 years ago with over 1,000 students having had the chance to experience it. In honor of Montessori Education Week, that is worth celebrating!

As students, we were taught that we have something to contribute, that we were capable of much, and that we could make a difference. We were recognized as unique individuals and given freedom within limits to foster our individuality within the greater community. Being encouraged in this way inspires us to better the world around us and to contribute.

Katie Vadakin, a Hershey Montessori School Alumni Ambassador who attended Hershey from 1998 to 2010 said, “…it has become extremely clear to me all that Montessori has provided me with. From people skills, to academics, to leadership abilities, Hershey has given me a perfect base for success.”

To sum it up, promoting community and peace alongside providing an education for the whole child results in students being prepared to make an impact.

Makella Webster, Hershey Montessori School Alumni Coordinator

Life Beyond Hershey