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Hannah Ebanks: The Wide World Beyond MBTS

Photo credit: Jazz Pitcairn
Photo credit: Jazz Pitcairn

MBTS is proud to shine a spotlight on one of its alumnae: Hannah Ebanks, who started as a Toddler in the school’s pioneering class in 2000, and graduated from the Middle Years Program in 2011. We recently caught up with Hannah, who is currently studying Journalism in Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Read all about her recent adventures in the wide world beyond MBTS and Cayman:


I was part of the very first group of students at MBTS in 2000; you can find my name on the sliding glass doors that divide the Toddler and Casa classrooms. And I was a part of the first Middle Years Program graduating class in 2011 —  MBTS is basically where I grew up.  My parents would have to drag me off the playground or out of the classroom – I loved going to school so much.

After MBTS, I attended high school at Cayman International School (CIS). I completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 2015. I’m currently a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. I’m majoring in Journalism with a minor in Marketing Communications.

Hannah-SantoriniI am really passionate about traveling and exploring the world, something that MBTS is probably responsible for — playing with the puzzle maps, investigating the continents, and growing up with people from around the world. Prior to starting university, I took a gap year in Paris, France where I took French courses and cultural electives. After that experience, I became an advocate for study abroad at Emerson College, encouraging students to spend a semester abroad. And not only college students, but high school students as well: my program asked me to be a representative at a Gap Year Fair in the Boston area and I also gave a presentation at CIS about the benefits of studying abroad. Since starting university, I have already studied abroad twice: a summer program in Aix-en-Provence, France and I am currently at the Emerson College campus in the Netherlands, where I have had the opportunity to visit ten cities this semester, including Reykjavik, Iceland and Santorini, Greece.

I think that studying abroad is so beneficial because it allows you to experience first-hand and practice values that make you a more well-rounded human being, such as communicating with different people, being open-minded and self-reflection.
I would say that looking back on my time at MBTS, I definitely appreciate my French classes. It was where my love for France and the French language began, which has clearly had an impact on my life. (Merci, Madame Wendy!) I will never forget the Pizza Song or the days where we got to try French foods. And there have been several instances where something I learned back then has been useful. When I was taking my French courses in Paris, I would remember something I learned back in my sixth grade French class.

As for the more practical knowledge, I definitely have a better developed sense of geography, thanks to the Puzzle Map Blitz, which has helped me in my studies and life in general. Also, I learned how to give a proper handshake, and speak confidently to many different people, which I think has been really useful in helping me make a good first impression when I’m introducing myself.

I think the the foundation and initial development of the values I mentioned about learning from studying abroad (communication, open-mindedness, and self-reflection) was laid and really emphasized in my Montessori education. While I was at MBTS, I was always taught to listen to others and really think about what I was going to say next in response. The life lessons of grace and courtesy is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.



A Material World: Parents Get Their Hands On Montessori Math

MBTS buzzed with energy and excitement as over sixty members of the parent community attended a recent parent education evening focusing on the exceptional strengths of the Montessori approach to teaching Mathematics.

“The Mystery of Montessori Math, Unravelled” took place in the Upper Elementary building on the seaside on November 15th, and teachers from Casa, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary expertly shared their knowledge of Montessori Math materials.

After a brief overview highlighting the unique characteristics of the Montessori Math curriculum at each level, parents spent the majority of the time exploring various Montessori materials, which were set up at various stations. The Casa, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary teachers were on hand to demonstrate and explain the materials, as well as answer questions. It was wonderful to watch parents eagerly get their hands on the mind-boggling range of Montessori materials, and participate in impromptu lessons.

MBTS would like to thank all of the parents who took time out of their evening to enthusiastically learn more about their child’s Montessori education, and to experience the brilliance of the Montessori Math materials first-hand.

“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” (Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)



Montessori By The Sea would like to welcome its new staff members, students and families, as well as returning students for the 2015-2016 school year!  We are truly looking forward to a great year with you!

Each classroom and Specialty class will be updating their blogs on the ‘happenings’ of their classes regularly (often with pictures), so please come by and visit often!

We have an ‘Open Door Policy’ and welcome feedback and questions from parents.

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This year promises to be a fantastic one and we are looking forward to being partners with you in your child’s educational journey!

As always, should you have any questions, please let us know.

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