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Montessori School 31, Mayor Spano’s School of the Month for October 2017
Photo Credit: Maurice Mercado, City of Yonkers

YONKERS, NY – October 31, 2017 – Mayor Spano joined President of the Yonkers Board of Education, Rev. Steve Lopez and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, to present the School of the Month Award for October 2017 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students of Yonkers Montessori School 31. Under the leadership of Principal Dr. Sharon Banks-Williams, Montessori School 31 is achieving great success with their collaborative-based learning system that focuses on technology, project-based learning and writing.  Within the framework of Montessori’s philosophy of hands-on learning and scientific observations, the Yonkers elementary school has made impressive strides in the areas of mathematics, technology, science and the arts.    

In addition, Montessori School 31 was honored for their commitment to community relations in the City of Yonkers, especially with the senior retirement community.  Students regularly visit with seniors during holidays such as Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas – and seniors in the City participate in School 31’s Chess Club.  

“Montessori School 31, under the leadership of Principal Sharon Banks-Williams, is greatly impacting the City of Yonkers greatly with community engagement,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “The administrators, teachers and staff should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished by exposing their young ones to diverse experiences at a very early age.  Through hands-on learning, diverse curriculum, science and art, Dr. Banks-Williams and her team are cultivating an environment that promotes confidence and success.”

“Yonkers Montessori School 31 is a magnificent example of collaborative learning,” noted Dr. Edwin Quezada, Superintendent of Schools.  “Principal Sharon Banks-Williams, our 2016 Yonkers Public Schools Administrator of the Year, fosters a dynamic environment of learning on a daily basis, while maintaining the Montessori Method of education.”

Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez added:  “The students, teachers, staff and parents of School 31 are a great example of student success in the classroom and public engagement within the City.  This school exemplifies the Board’s goal for involvement in our community and academic success in our school district.”

Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.