Chris and Christine Wiegand, with Mason '21 and Emerson, Mont.
We are thankful to have had many excellent elementary school choices in our area and we couldn’t be more pleased to have chosen Waldron for our two children, Mason and Emerson (and our kids agree!). During our four years associated with the school it has exemplified what we hoped for – a superb environment for a young person to learn and mature, to develop a respect and compassion for others, and to be constantly encouraged to discover. Each day we are more impressed with the markings of a Waldron education in our children and in the other students.
During the introductory school tour, we knew we found the right fit for our family. Having both had positive Montessori experiences as young children we sought out a similar program for our kids. What we found was a Montessori program true to the principles of Maria Montessori, and beyond that, an educational environment rich in diversity and spirit. We witnessed our son thrive. In addition to his cognitive development, Mason grew in confidence. He also developed a love and pride for his school. Never was this more evident than when we asked him if he wanted to consider joining some neighborhood friends at another school. To say he was adamant about staying put is an understatement. This year, as Mason moves out of Montessori, our daughter, Emerson, begins her journey through the program. We share in her excitement to follow in big brother’s footsteps.
There is an overwhelming feeling of community at Waldron. You spend a few minutes walking the hallways and it is unmistakable. On Mason’s first day of first grade any trepidation he had was, by his own account over dinner that night, washed away by the announcement of his birthday over the loudspeaker. We are grateful to have become members of a very special community.