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     A Message from the Principalstark

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  I am honored to serve as principal of Brockman Elementary School, a Montessori School of Choice.  Our school serves 325 children  from the Satchel Ford, Brennan and Bradley Elementary attendance zones.  We use the Montessori methodology created by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907. Montessori teachers are called "guides" as they follow the interest of the child and facilitate learning in a beautifully prepared environment.  Dr. Montessori recognized the relationship between movement and cognition.  Subsequently, children in our Montessori classrooms move freely about, working at tables or small rugs on the floor.  The Montessori methodology relies on materials that promote learning in a concrete manner before moving to abstract concepts.  Children construct their understanding using beautiful materials.  They select lessons that interest them and develop a deep and focused concentration to work through a two hour uninterrupted work period.  

     In addition to developing strong academic skills through focused concentration, our school works intentionally to work and play together in a peaceful and caring community, where children grow in mind, body and spirit. 

    Brockman Elementary is a special place and this takes the effort of many.  Our theme for the year is Many Hands, Many Hearts.  We chose it because we recognize that in order for our school to grow and flourish, it takes committed adults working together.  As the building leader, my priority is to develop meaningful relationships with you, your children and our staff.   I encourage you to become involved in our school.  Visit our school and observe the children at work.  You will be inspired by their independence and the pride that they show in their effort.  There are many opportunities to volunteer as well and I encourage you to participate.  We have an active Parent Teacher Organization, a Fine Arts Booster organization and a School Improvement Council.  Please consider sharing the work of your heart and your hands with our school community.  

    I take to heart the mission of our District that challenges me to be a “leader in transforming lives through education in order to empower all students to achieve their potential and dreams," and I want to positively impact your child’s life.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or ideas that you would like to discuss. I can be reached at 803-790-6743 or heidi.stark@richlandone.org.  I look forward to working closely with you to care for our joyful school community.

      

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Heidi Stark

     

     

     

     

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