News Feature

Sedgwick
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 20, 2013
Peninsula Montessori graduates final class

Elsa Marsh poses with Sophia (left) and Stella Ames

Retiring founder of Peninsula Montessori, Elsa Marsh, poses with Sophia (left) and Stella Ames on Friday, June 7.

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by Jessica Brophy

Nineteen small voices came together on Friday, June 7, to celebrate the end of the year at Peninsula Montessori.

They were led by owner Elsa Marsh, who is retiring from the school she helped found. The school has closed its doors after 20 years of serving the area as a preschool.

The day’s celebration included performances of song, the handing out of collections of student work, and a cookout on the lawn of the school. Many parents snapped photos of Marsh with their children, and older graduates of the preschool came to wish Marsh well.

“It’s been a great ride,” said Marsh of her 20 years with Peninsula Montessori. “This school has been in my veins.”

Marsh says she plans to spend her newly free time to garden, make quilts and to spend more time with her own teenaged children.

Lisa Arhontes-Marshall, president of the board of the school, said she felt “honored to be a part of this school.” She thanked Marsh for her years of service and director Jeanne Maccarone. Maccarone hopes to open her own Montessori School in the future.

Arhontes-Marshall then gifted Marsh a box of notes collected from parents and students and community members about Marsh’s service. Inside the box was also a mirror, to remind Marsh “we’re reflections of all you’ve done for us,” said Arhontes-Marshall.

More than 100 three-to-six year old children have been taught over the years by Marsh according to Montessori educational tradition.

Elsa Marsh poses with Sophia (left) and Stella Ames

Retiring founder of Peninsula Montessori, Elsa Marsh, poses with Sophia (left) and Stella Ames on Friday, June 7.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Elsa Marsh and Lisa Arhontes-Marshall

Retiring founder of Peninsula Montessori Elsa Marsh, left, and president of the school’s board, Lisa Arhontes-Marshall.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
The final students of Peninsula Montessori

The final students of Peninsula Montessori perform during an end-of-the-year celebration on Friday, June 7.

Photo by Jessica Brophy