From left to right: County Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Leesburg Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, Villa Montessori Owner and Principal Tim Copp, Villa Montessori Owner Angie Copp, Villa Montessori Executive Director Shiela Huyett.
A new Montessori school celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting Feb. 25 with Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and other Town officials.
The Villa Montessori Preschool, located at the Village at Leesburg, offers school and full year childcare with an emphasis in child development and learning through play, executive director Shiela Huyett said. The school features programs for children from 16 months of age through age six.
Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are the core components of the school’s curriculum, which are taught through hands-on projects and environmental exploration, Huyett said. She also said the staff looks for what entices the children to learn the different components.
“That’s what we like about our curriculum. It’s very different, it’s very unique and it allows us to focus on the individual child,” school principal Tim Copp said.
At Montessori, children learn phonics and can often spell before they can read, Huyett said. In addition to counting and numbers, they also learn decimals and geometry, she said.
“You’ve got four and five year olds who can identify an isosceles triangle,” Huyett said.
Burk, Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) and Leesburg Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox joined Copp and Huyett for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Burk thanked Copp for choosing to open the school in Leesburg.
“Having a Montessori school is always good for the community,” Burk said.
Villa Montessori Preschool is currently accepting applications for students and staff.