Montessori is a highly-structured and
student-centered approach to education.

 

In a Montessori classroom, students receive lessons one-on-one or in small groups with their teachers.

They explore different skills and concepts by working with hands-on materials that respond to their developmental needs. These materials are sequenced progressively and enable students to independently move through the curriculum at their own pace.


Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS) draws students that live in every ward of the city. DC PCSB has produced maps of where students lived and attended school in the 2016-17 school year. Below is a link to a map of where students live and how far they travel to attend BMPCS.


Core Components of Montessori Education

 

Prepared environments:

Montessori classrooms are designed to support each child's development. Materials engage all the senses and allow students to learn by making their own discoveries. 

Student-centered learning:

Students have the time and space to work independently with hands-on materials.

Multi-age classrooms:

Montessori classrooms host students in three year cycles. A child begins as a member of the youngest cohort in the room, benefitting from the example set by older children. Over the course of three years, children build trusting relationships with teachers and eventually become leaders for younger peers.

Observation:


Montessori instructors are trained to pay close attention to the needs of each child in their classroom, enabling them to provide differentiated instruction.

Breakthrough Montessori fosters the development of integrative thinkers who see and make connections within and among the disciplines.

Breakthrough Montessori’s program transforms learning by supporting and encouraging self-directed reflection, inquiry, and self-assessment.

Teachers evaluate progress on a daily basis, keeping careful record of lessons presented and skills and concepts mastered. In addition, Montessori teachers compile four observational assessments each year (an assessment accompanies each family-teacher conference with a final assessment provided at the end of the year).

 
 

Breakthrough Montessori employs
a suite of assessment tools, including:

  • TS GOLD, which assess math and early literacy skills for preschool age students
     
  • CLASS, which assesses the classroom environment as well as teacher-student interaction
     
  • The Minnesota Executive Functions Scale (MEFS), which assesses functions such as cognitive flexibility, working memory, inhibitory control, behavior management, and information retention
     
  • The Developmental Environmental Rating Scale (DERS), which evaluates the quality of the classroom environment
     
  • The Essential Elements Rubric of Montessori in the Public Sector, which rates schools in five domains: Montessori adults, Montessori learning environments, family engagement, leadership and organizational development, and assessment
     
  • NWEA -MAP, which assesses math and reading skills for kindergarten age students

 

 

Creating engaging learning environments and delivering personalized lessons.


Keith Whitescarver
Executive Director

Dr. Whitescarver brings 31 years of experience to the Breakthrough Montessori team. As founding director of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, Dr. Whitescarver has overseen efforts to support and expand high quality public Montessori programs around the country. Dr. Whitescarver is a nationally recognized expert on literacy and Montessori pedagogy and has served on the faculties of the College of William and Mary, Ohio University, Wellesley College, and Lesley University in the fields of teacher education, school leadership, and sociology. In addition, he taught social studies for ten years in public high schools in Atlanta.

Hannah Richardson
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hannah Richardson monitors the daily implementation of the curriculum and serves as a pedagogical coach, working with teachers to improve instructional practice and adherence to Montessori principles. In doing so, Hannah ensures each Breakthrough classroom provides a high quality Montessori environment for students.

Hannah is an AMI primary trained Montessori educator. She has 15 years of experience with Montessori schools, including a magnet school in Hartford, Connecticut and a neighborhood school on the South Side of Chicago. She has served as classroom teacher, faculty mentor, and program coordinator, helping to bring high quality, fully implemented Montessori programming to schools around the country.


Staff

Emily Hedin

Emily Hedin
Director of Community Engagement

Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones
Office Manager

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Abigail Wallace
Primary Lead Teacher

Leslie Handy
Primary Lead Teacher

 

Marissa Howser
Primary Lead Teacher

Ebony Marshman

Ebony Marshman
Primary Extended Day Directress

Leticia Torres

Leticia Torres
Primary Extended Day Directress

Bonnie Long

Bonnie Long
Primary Assistant

 
Zanso Dalili

Zanso Dalili
Primary Assistant

John Gore

John Gore
Primary Assistant

Hoandi Ceives

Hoandi Seibes
Primary Assistant

Emunah Ammizahvad

Emunah Ammizahvad
Primary Lead Teacher

 
Andrea Solay

Andrea Solay
Primary Assistant

Katie Costantin

Katie Costantin
Primary Lead Teacher

 

Allison Jones

Allison Jones
Child Study Lead

Paola Nuñez
Primary Assistant

 

Board of Trustees

David Bagnoli
Principal, McGraw Bagnoli Architects

Deborah Gaston
Director of Education and Digital Engagement, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Rachel Kimboko - Treasurer
Child Study Lead at Lee Montessori Public Charter School

Chris Lohse
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Education Practice, Software and Information Industry Association

Sara Suchman
Director of Coaching and School Services, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

Samuel Whitfield - Chair
Consulting Attorney

Tova Wilson – Parent

Advisory Committee

Chazz Brooks
Latham & Watkins LLP

The mission of Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS) is to provide families of Washington, D. C., a fully-implemented, public, Montessori program designed to enable children to develop within themselves the power to shape their lives and the world around them.

Grounded in the time-tested Montessori instructional model, and fueled by a visionary commitment to early learning and robust family engagement, our model places students at the center and revolves around anticipating and responding to the needs of learners at every stage of the developmental continuum.

Breakthrough Montessori serves children from three years old through (eventually) sixth grade. The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) and a Board of Trustees, consisting of DC residents committed to high-quality, public Montessori, founded the school. The school continues to work closely with NCMPS and now serves as a demonstration school for many of NCMPS’ school and teacher support initiatives, including the D.C. Teacher Residency, Montessori classroom coaching, school services, and a summer institute.

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