Celebration at Montessori School of Camden
Celebration at Montessori School of Camden by John Moncure
On 30 January 2009 faculty, parents, and friends of the Montessori School of Camden, South Carolina celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their founding. Begun as the pre-school program of Joseph Kershaw Academy, a traditional private school, it survived the dissolution of the parent school in 1985 and has grown into a private, not-for-profit school sitting on 11 acres (2.5 hectare) and having a capacity of 187 students. The school’s founder, Dr. Sheryl Sweet, was the honored guest at the celebration, which also marked her retirement from her active Montessori career. Dr. Sweet not only founded the school in Camden, she also founded a professional organization, Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), a teacher preparation center (the Institute for Guided Studies, or IGS) and consulted in the creation of other TEPs around the world as well as the expansion of public Montessori in the state of South Carolina She was surprised by the appearance of colleagues from several states and family members who had flown in for the occasion. Joining in the celebration were several of the original faculty members from 1979. Dr. Sweet’s son Lowell unveiled a portrait of her commissioned by the family and presented it to the school.
Photo: John Moncure is the current Headmaster of The Montessori School of Camden, Lowell Sweet, of Seattle, Washington, is Dr. Sweet’s eldest son, who unveiled and presented to the school a portrait of her. Mary Thompson was one of the original teachers at MSC, from 1979. Sherry Sweet Founder of the School, and Darlene Maxwell of Coker College’s Department of Education is a former teacher and parent at MSC, and is Dr. Sweet’s younger sister.
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