Montessori school marks 25 years

A special event on Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Global Montessori School.

Global Montessori School in Langley will be celebrating 25 years at an anniversary event on Friday, Sept. 20.

The doors to Global Montessori opened in 1988 under the leadership of Leslie Stettler.

Global is an authentic Montessori program with their focus being “follow the child” by supporting each individual in their natural development.

The school has grown to meet the needs of an ever-changing community. It now offers infant/toddler programs, preschool, all-day Montessori, full day Kindergarten, elementary classes and before and after school care.

Since Stettler retired in 2010, Andrea Riegert has taken over as head of school.

She first joined Global Montessori as a parent in 1988 and then as an assistant while she trained for both her Early Childhood Educator certificate, as well as Montessori certification. She became a class head teacher in 1992, and was a member of the faculty as the school slowly expanded to include childcare, elementary and later infant/toddler programs.

She has now been head of school for the last two years.

“I cannot go anywhere in Langley without coming across a former student, or parent of our school community. We often have families stop by to say hello, and to share how well their child has adapted to the next level of education,” said Riegert. “We also see some of our alumni in the local paper, with articles of their accomplishments. This has helped us to know we are indeed on the right track.”

The anniversary event will be held at the school with the current school family and alumni attending, but all are  welcome. The parent volunteer committee will be providing hot dogs, corn on the cob and refreshments.

Several anniversary projects are underway. Global Montessori is located at 19785 55A Avenue. To learn more go to globalmontessorischools.com.