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For Immediate Release:
April 01, 2015
Media Contact:
Trenae Floyd
trenae@miamidade.gov
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Commissioner Jordan helps usher in new Montessori school in Miami Gardens


New Montessori School
Left: Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan receives a briefing from Miami Gardens Montessori owners Roderick and Samiya Spencer. Middle:  Parents and residents in the surrounding community get a sneak peek at the new Miami Gardens Montessori School, which will accept children ages 18 months to 6 years old.  Right: Children attending Miami Gardens Montessori School will utilize technology-based learning in addition to core curriculum subjects.

(MIAMI, FL) – With education at the top of Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan’s list, the Miami-Dade County policymaker stopped by the grand opening of the new Miami Gardens Montessori School that is slated to officially open in mid-April. Owners  Roderick and Samiya Spencer took that opportunity to showcase their new facility that was retrofitted with traditional desks, storage and a computer lab. The celebration was held recently at its new location, 18690 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami Gardens.

“I am seeing an increase in family-related businesses opening along the 441 corridor,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Last year, we helped celebrate the opening of the Family Fun Zone, which is an indoor playroom with huge slides and video games. These businesses help create an environment that is family-friendly and meet the needs of this community.”

Based on the number of students enrolled, the Spencers expect to hire a staff of more than 10 people to assist with the Montessori core curriculum. Those subjects include Language, Math, Science, Geography, Culture, Practical Life, and Sensorial classes that break down the five senses.

“It took years and years of having a dream and a passion before we were able to put all of the pieces together,” said Samiya Spencer, who taught Language Arts in middle school, high school and at a previous Montessori school. “We are looking at becoming a STEM school, where we will also offer Art, Music and various languages.”