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YONKERS, NY – February 7, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today presented the January 2019 School of the Month Award to Montessori School 27.  Joined by Yonkers Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez, Superintendent Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Principal Moira Gleeson, and Montessori School 27 teachers, teaching assistants and students, Mayor Spano paid special tribute to a school he described as one of Yonkers’ most unique.

The school follows the Montessori philosophy, developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori.  Montessori instructional materials allow children to learn at their own pace through discovery activities and individualized work plans. Students at the school are grouped in multi-age classes which support a non-competitive, cooperative learning atmosphere.

“Montessori 27 is one of our most unique schools,” Mayor Mike Spano said. “Montessori 27 places an emphasis on the individual student. This type of learning environment fosters a strong sense of community and commitment from the entire School 27 family.  I’m proud of the work Principal Gleeson and her staff are doing for the children of our city.”

School 27 was commended for their 2018-19 school year successes, including a nearly 30% improvement in New York State ELA (English, Language, Arts) and Math Assessment Test Scores.

The Mayor also recognized several clubs and activities at the school, including:

·        The extracurricular Chess Club, Book Club, Girl Scouts and Yoga Club.

·        The school’s greenhouse, which is maintained by the students and gives them the opportunity to observe and study botany and horticulture through hands-on experience.

·        Montessori 27’s Black History Month Celebration, which showcases the diversity in the City of Yonkers and beyond.

Montessori School 27 also works closely with several private and non-profit partners, including Philipse Manor Hall, Greyston Bakery and the Nepperhan Community Center. 

In addition to being named School of the Month, Mayor Spano also awarded School 27 with a $5,000 gift certificate, courtesy of McGraw-Hill Education, to use towards educational materials.

“On behalf of the Board of Education Trustees, we congratulate the entire School 27 community on receiving this well-deserved award,” noted Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez. “The administrators, teachers and support staff are laser focused on the children’s success.  Through their ongoing support and with the help of their outstanding PTA, they have had an excellent school year that deserves this honor.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada added, “Montessori education provides a strong foundation for students’ lifelong learning. School 27’s dedicated Montessori teachers and principal enthusiastically deliver that instruction.”

“We are so grateful for the recognition Mayor Spano gave to our school,” said Principal Moira Gleeson.  “The intermediate students, teachers, and parents enjoyed our Mayor’s words of wisdom, McGraw-Hill Education’s gift and agree that ‘we are certainly better together’.”  

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.