Reaching for the Stars!
All Stars Montessori was born out of a desire to provide a different child care choice for families in Apple Valley, Rosemount and the surrounding communities. Tracy Magnuson & Denise Muir, both raising families of their own, have always known how important it is for parents to have safe, loving child care. They also know the importance of providing developmental and social learning opportunities to little minds that are eager to soak up the world around them. Both with a background in Montessori (they originally met as teachers at a Montessori school) – they have seen how the Montessori philosophy and its approach to educating young children really works.
Tracy and Denise originally began considering opening a school of their own during the summer of 2002. Busy with the day-to-day activities of raising their families, they shared their visions and ideas and the seeds of All Stars were planted. Finally, in the summer of 2004, they decided to take the leap and “All Stars Childcare” was born in its first home – Denise’s basement in Rosemount.
As an in-home child care, they were already different. Working together, they provided safe, loving child care along with a Montessori education to children ages infant through school age. With a focus on building relationships, their enrollment quickly grew. As they continued to see success in their in-home Montessori school, they began to consider how much more they could offer their current families as well as other families in the community if they were able to expand their space and increase their resources by opening a center.
In October of 2006, they began to discuss their options with people they trusted, and the more they did - the more real it became. In December of 2006, “All Stars Montessori” was officially incorporated and in January of 2007 the Johnny Cake Ridge Road location was selected. By the end of spring in 2007, the walls were going up in the space that All Stars Montessori would soon call home.
Handling the move with the families that were part of their current child care was very important to Tracy and Denise. These children and their parents were the “original” All Stars family and asking them to move from an in-home that they were familiar with to a new, unknown school was asking a lot. They hoped that the relationships they had developed over the years would be enough for the families to join them on the new adventure. Information was provided, questions were answered, and after all was said and done – every single family decided to make the jump with them. Their trust and faith in All Stars has always meant a lot to Tracy and Denise.
In August of 2007 – All Stars Montessori opened its doors with four staff and twenty-two children (infants, toddlers and preschoolers). Maintaining a warm, home-like environment that fostered relationships remained a priority to Tracy and Denise. They continued to be “hands-on” as teachers at All Stars, enabling them to do what they love and to get to know all of the children and families that called All Stars Montessori home. By the end of the first school year, enrollment had more than doubled to fifty children.
Over the years All Stars Montessori has continued to grow. After an expansion of our space in 2009 and another in 2011, our school has grown from four classrooms to seven. We now start each school year with a full enrollment of 125 children and a waiting list in each of our programs. Each year more than 25 children graduate from All Stars and enter Kindergarten with a love for learning and the confidence that comes from being prepared by the Montessori/Preschool balance that we provide. We are blessed with an amazing group of teachers and support staff that believe in who we are and as a team provide the loving care, Montessori education and personal connections that set us apart. Tracy and Denise are still teaching at the school – and personal relationships are still a top priority. Each year we continue the traditions of Family Fun Night; our Annual Halloween Party and the end of the year Preschool Graduation/Family Picnic – events that have enabled our families to get to know one another and for friendships forged at All Stars Montessori to continue beyond our walls.
We are so proud to be a part of the Apple Valley community and we are excited for what the future will bring.
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