Earth Day 2022 / Honoring Maureen Johnson

This Earth Day, VMS families and staff did our part by leading a community cleanup event and planting a new tree at the school in honor of Maureen Johnson, long time teacher at Village Montessori School, who will be retiring at the end of the '22-'23 school year.

On Saturday, April 23rd, students and their families from Village Montessori School recognized Earth Day, albeit the day after, by collecting trash at DeSimon Park and the surrounding area.  Fifteen families and a number of VMS staff turned out that morning, ready to do their part in helping the earth and our community.  This activity was the brainchild of a kindergarten student at VMS, and supported by her parents, teachers and the VMS community. 

Following the trash collection, families returned to Village Montessori School for a tree dedication to Maureen Sheridan Johnson, teacher at VMS.  Maureen was one of the original teachers when the school was founded 34 years ago, and will be retiring after this school year.  A new Norway spruce was planted on Saturday while the families were cleaning up the park, and was ready to be dedicated afterward.  The tree was purchased with donations from current and former VMS families, as well as Ruppert Nurseries. Our sincere thanks to those individuals and the Ruppert family for making that happen!

Current and former Room 3 families are invited to a picnic on Tuesday evening, 5/24, at Black Hills Regional Park to honor Ms Maureen's retirement.  For over 30 years, Maureen has devoted herself to guiding and nurturing our Room 3 children in their learning - academically, socially and emotionally. She has been a role model for students and teachers alike, has inspired learning, and has been a dedicated friend and caregiver.  Contact Sally Robinson for more information about the picnic and other events planned.

The VMS community is grateful for all the years of Maureen’s commitment, and consider ourselves fortunate to have called her friend and teacher. We will always appreciate the impact she’s had on our school.