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Back-to-School Advice

Mojave Springs School teacher tips for the new year

Article by Paige Candee

Photography by Courtesy of Mojave Springs School

Originally published in Red Rock City Lifestyle

Las Vegas’ Mojave Springs School, a Waldorf-inspired AWSNA registered initiative, is dedicated to fostering creative and independent thinkers. This early childhood and elementary private school accomplishes this by providing knowledge, nourishing emotional intelligence, cultivating artistic expression, and inspiring students to act with the right intention in the world.

The school abides by the educational philosophy developed by Rudolf Steiner, which embraces the integral role of child development in education and values every child's capacity for willingness, feeling, and thinking.

You can sense these principals from the classrooms to the play area on its campus located at 6440 West Desert Inn Road. But most of all, you can experience it through the phenomenal teachers who support intellectual connection and the love of learning.

School Director Alexandra Cannady shares “XXX” or… “Our teachers take great care in preparing their stories, lessons, and activities to make sure not only that they're covering content the students need for everyday life but also that each student has been considered in their preparations. If I think back on what caused me to love learning in my own life, it was the human connection I was afforded, the artistic opportunity, and the intellectual connection I felt with the great philosophers and historical figures I was learning about.”

As you get your students ready to start the new school year, take a look at some of Mojave Springs School’s valued teachers' words of advice.

Marilyn Anthony

Lead Willows Teacher (3s & 4s)

“Parents and teachers are a child’s first and most important advocates. My advice to both is to come together as a team to preserve the magic of childhood as long as possible by showing children where to look but not what to see. Collaboration between home and school is a must in raising a whole child. Parents and teachers both need to be involved and get to know each other. In working together, we can do so much.”

Iraida Morales

Spanish Teacher (all ages)

“To me, Gandhi said it best: ‘Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.’”

Vanessa Portillo

1st Grade Teacher

“Starting a new school year is a magical time! The key to starting the year right is establishing a good routine. I recommend preparing children for the start of their new journey by providing a consistent schedule around bedtime, meals, reading, and chores. This way, they will be ready to flow into their new daily school rhythm with their classmates!”