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New Head of School at Cornerstone Montessori

Alyssa Schwartz was hired as Head of School for Cornerstone Elementary Montessori school this past July.  She moved here with her husband after serving as the Educational Programs Director and Interim Executive Director of AMI/USA in Washington, DC.  

Alyssa reflected on her first few months at Cornerstone:

“The school year is off to a wonderful start.  Children and adults alike have settled into a routine, and it has been wonderful to see the ease with which children navigate the environment and make the school their own.  I have been sitting with children at lunch, to get to know them better.  The children are quick to tell me what the guidelines are and to welcome me into their space. The community here is so eager to learn, to grow, and to embrace new people and new experiences.  I feel truly fortunate to be joining a school where every single person takes the mission to heart and embodies the work of helping children thrive.”

Alyssa looks forward to meeting the broader Montessori support community in the Twin Cities. She is a Montessori child (18 months through 6th grade).  Alyssa received her BA from Stanford University and MA from the Stanford University School of Education.  She completed her AMI Primary training at the Maria Montessori Institute in London, before spending 6 years as a Children’s House guide in California. She serves as Board Secretary of the Montessori Public Policy Initiative and is chair of AMI’s Global School Accreditation committee. Alyssa enjoys watching baseball with her husband, baking, and reading.  She is hoping she is prepared for the coming Minnesota winter!

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