St. Paul >Mac Donald Montessori School
Most teachers are good, however the administration is the biggest disaster I have ever seen in a business. Especially Aaron is a disgrace to the school’s reputation; he only holds a job there because his mommy hired him. If he had to work anywhere else, he would fail. I suggest that you stay away from the school and look elsewhere – there are many great schools in the TC area that value your business.
Concerned Citizen. Don
frormer employee. PLEASE READ! As a former employee I will confirm other reviews… Yes, Beth MacDonald is a fake. She is more interested in making massage, nail, hair appointments and taking international flights than EVER being in her center. She treats her employees like crap, but her employees put up with her because she offers them free day care and they cannot afford anything else. They all confirmed with me that they hate Beth but can’t do anything. If you voice a concern or opinion as an employee or a parent, you will be told you are wrong or you can leave. Beth would rather dismiss you than deal with confrontation. Children are lost, not given developmentally inappropriate materials, and given no direction. At one point I was even told I was in trouble for talking to the children too much. Keep in mind this is after I was taken out of the baby room and was put into the toddler room because, “The children’s vocabulary was growing while I was down there”, (Beth MacDonald). What a contradiction. After that I was put into the school age room. Keep in mind I am an infant teacher and have no experience with school age children, however I embraced the opportunity, even though there was another unhappy employee that used to bee a second grade teacher and unhappily was working with three year olds while I was unhappy with where I was, but was never asked about how I felt or even talked to. Meaning, I went in one morning excited to see the toddlers and there was a note on my time card telling me I was not in my room starting today. Nothing is delt with directly it is a scandalous and shady. The staff that sits in the office favors the people they like and will give their friends opportunities that they do not share with the staff they don’t favor. Documentation is the most important thing to Beth not safety or process of learning. Do not be fooled by what the center looks like, documentation is all they have to offer and it’s not even for the children, it is for Beth to show Amelia who only comes once a year and you can tell because the documentation is always outdated with children that are already in the next room. Beth, hardly ever keeps her word, and never deals with anything she doesn’t want to. Children are neglected due to the fact that if the daily journal or documentation isn’t done the staff are in trouble, therefore to keep your job, the children come second to Beth’s wants. Lastly, staff evaluate staff because Beth isn’t there enough to do it herself. Therefore it is all about who likes you. Sadly, all staff I talked to agree with these statements, but are powerless to do anything about it. So I had to share my story, because I believe in honesty .
Keep looking. Don't be lured by the school advertising itself as "non-profit"--the director makes over $90,000 a year, travels to Europe on the school's dime, yet doesn't bother to return phone calls to parents.
Terrible Infant Care Experience at MacDonald Montessori.
We enrolled our 12 week old at MacDonald Montessori School (MMS) thinking it seemed to offer a stimulating environment.
We were expecting day 1 to be difficult, but not so traumatic. When I dropped off my daughter, I was not greeted by any adults. I had to ask where to put everything. I even had to ask what to do with my daughter. It broke my heart to be told, "you can either put her in her crib or a swing."
After picking up our daughter that first day, my wife and I revisited the daycare which had been #2 on our list, and enrolled her there in a spot that was opening up in 5 weeks.
After day two for our daughter, we decided that 5 weeks was too long to keep our daughter at MMS and submitted our notice to leave.
When I dropped off our daughter on day 4, I discovered her crib had disappeared. I was promised one would be found. Funny (sad) side-note; after I asked the "teacher" what was planned for the day, she laughed at my "joke."
Day 5 (final day). Daughter still had no crib. When picking up my daughter in the afternoon, I was told that there had been an accident, and asked if I had been called (nobody had called me or my wife). Apparently, my daughter had been fed the wrong breastmilk (from a different mother). After listening to my displeasure I was told ,"mistakes happen".
Besides feeding and changing, saw only one child in arms of staff during 6 days.
Walkers and non walkers are in the same room (bad for non walkers) 4:1 ratio
I Have seen teachers put bouncy seats in cribs (once while child was in seat), presumably so parents could be told their child slept in a crib.
I've seen teachers fiddle with cameras and printers, but never have seen teachers talk to kids. In fact, my daughter's cooing and other verbalizations decreased after going to Macdonald Montessori as if she seemed to forget that people talk.
Whole childe experience. The school has a very unique way of learning based on the schools of reggio emila Italy. It is a collaboration of teacher, parent and student lead activities. The staff is made of various ages, cultures and education level. I have two children in the school and they both love it there. I love all the things thaey able to make and explore. Musical instruments, drama, studio art clay, painting watercolors. The school is very bright and open. I suggest you do some research on the 100 languages then go visit the school, you'll be as impressed as I am. I recently suggested a friend of mine who just had a baby check it out and the have a waiting list in each of their age groups!!!
False Advertising. MacDonald Montessori is all show, no substance. The facilities look good, but the director could not care less about children. They claim to welcome parental input, but when I raised an issue about the amount of TV the children watch, I was "invited" to place my child elsewhere.
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