Welcome to the end of the 2019-2020 school year! I have been 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. In the 2020-2021 school year, I will be stepping down to take care of health issues. The GREAT NEWS is that Mrs. Sharonda Giles, our Assistant Principal, has been selected as the new Principal of Brockman Elementary School. We are so appreciative that Richland One has identified her as the best candidate to lead our special school.
During my time as principal of Brockman, I have taken to heart the mission of our District that challenged me to be a “leader in transforming lives through education in order to empower all students to achieve their potential and dream." I actively sought to make a positive impact on your child’s life and I was so very fortunate to get to know your children and work with this dedicated and talented staff.
Thank you for sharing your family and for working closely in partnership with me. I am certain that you will enjoy working closely with Mrs. Giles to care for our joyful school community!
Dr. Heidi Stark