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December Member Spotlight

Posted by: Alvarado Chamber of Commerce on Monday, December 18, 2017

Rooted Life Montessori

Rooted Life Montessori is a small private school designed for all children to fully reach their potential. By creating a prepared environment and a prepared staff, RLM stands prepared to provide each child a daily opportunity to match and expand their own educational experience.

Our Primary classroom will hold 25 students and 3 AMS certified teachers; our Elementary classroom will hold 15 students with 2 AMS certified teachers. At RLM we will always retain an 8-1 ratio or less within the classrooms. Although state standards allow for much higher student-teacher ratios, we believe lower ratios are important to the success of all our students.

Rooted Life Montessori Premiere Education

 

A Brief History Of Rooted Life Montessori

2014 RLM - started as a home-based Montessori preschool. It was a friend and family based school more or less functioning as an extension of homeschooling and an opportunity for social development as well as academic.

2015-2016 - Kathy, Director and founder of RLM, began certification at Shelton Montessori in Dallas and opened enrollment to the local community. The Primary classroom grew to 10 students.

2016-2017 - We outgrew our limited space and moved 10 miles East to a commercial location (where we are now) with a 900sqft primary classroom and 14 students. We opened the Elementary I classroom with 650sqft with 3 students.

2017-2018- With the addition of two new staff members: an AMS certified Elementary I/II teacher and an AMS/ MACAR/ Language Therapy trained teacher, we are now able to offer a home school program and after school tutoring in addition to our Primary and Elementary classrooms.

 

Kathy Machalica - Primary Lead / Director / Owner

Kathy Machalica received her Associates of Arts in 2010 while pursuing her degree in teaching. It was during this training to become a traditional teacher that Kathy found Montessori. The gentle discipline, the open-ended learning, the child-led teaching, and the peaceful classroom so captivated Kathy’s heart that it completely changed her path of education. Kathy is now pursuing her Montessori Early Childhood certification from Shelton Montessori in Dallas, Tx. Through this program, she will also pursue and finish her Bachelor’s in teaching, summer 2018.


Kathy and her husband have 4 children ages 1-10. When their 3rd child was born in 2012, they realized the very challenging, confusing, and beautiful path a learning different child will take you. Clara’s needs drove Kathy to further pursue purposeful education for the learning different child. It was through this journey within her own family, and the families she connected along that way that Rooted Life Montessori was conceived, grown and now fully born.
When Kathy is not creating yet another Montessori material, she enjoys learning more about essential oils, her second love. Kathy is a DoTerra wellness advocate and enjoys keeping her kids healthy through the power of prayer, rest and essential oils.


Rooted Life Montessori is a small private school designed for all children to fully reach their potential. By creating a prepared environment and a prepared staff, RLM stands prepared to provide each child a daily opportunity to match and expand their own educational experience.

 

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