The students and families at American Montessori Academy celebrated a move to their newer and bigger building in early January. The move relocates grades 3-8 from the previous building in Redford to the transformed previous site of St. Damian Church in Westland.
Executive Director Dr. Ticheal Jones is thrilled to see the vision and hard work of the staff and stakeholders come to life in this new building. “The larger classrooms help teachers incorporate the individualized Montessori approach we offer and is just one of the great things about this new site,” Jones said. “The building feels like home….and we look forward to continuing to expand and grow our school in this community.”
The new school building is on 9.28 acres and gives students two playground areas and baseball and soccer fields to play on. It is also 15,000 square feet larger than the old school providing many more features for students. In addition to the larger classrooms it includes a library, art room, gym, café, collaboration space and a tech room. The computer lab in the new school was also upgraded with the newest computers and an interactive white board for teaching. Long-time American Montessori staff member, Cookie Peters, revealed her favorite room in the new building is the Commons room. In addition to using it as a collaborative project space for students, she often works with special needs students in this area as an Act-18 Aide.
“It’s absolutely incredible to look back and think about the growth that AMA has made in the last few years. Through consistent hard work and perseverance, amazing leadership, a strong and supportive staff, loyal and dedicated families, and hardworking and incredible students the dream of moving into a new, beautiful building became reality! I am so excited and proud to be a part of this amazing school,” said Meagan Scott who has taught at AMA for nine years and currently serves as their Preschool Director.
American Montessori currently enrolls 539 students from preschool to eighth grade. Students in preschool to second grade attend school in American Montessori’s lower building on Middlebelt in Livonia, with grades 3-8 in the new Westland building. Next school year second grade will also move to the new building.
Board member Gerald Olkowski said, “The acquisition of this property will bring a much-needed increase in space and opportunity for American Montessori, and I’m extremely happy that we were able to find and repurpose this facility. We’re well-poised to continue our mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow here.”