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The Bruno Montessori Academy celebrates its 40th anniversary

At an event last week to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bruno Montessori Academy were, from left, Jamie House, Robert Sprain, Kathy Maxwell, Joe LaRussa, Rebecca Little and Jay Waters.

The Bruno Montessori Academy celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reunion and celebration on September 18 at North Shelby County School.

The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the late Theresa Sprain, who founded the academy with the late supermarket magnate Joseph S. Bruno in 1982. The school began as a small class of children aged 3 to 6 year. A year later, Sprain received her Montessori certification. Over the years, the campus grew and took on its current form as toddler through eighth grade.

“It was my mother’s dream to build a prepared environment that focuses on the human spirit and embraces the true potential of every child,” Sprain’s daughter Kathy Maxfield said.

The Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy is accredited by the American Montessori Society and Cognia, a nonprofit organization that accredits elementary and secondary schools.

Montessori pedagogy offers a different approach to learning. Among its aspects is recognizing that children learn in different ways and that all learning styles are catered for, according to the school’s website, Students learn at their own pace, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.

“Many students have shared the Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy learning experience over the past 40 years. The learning outcomes for our students are independence, confidence, social responsibility and academic readiness,” said Rebecca Little, Acting Principal of the school.