The Progressive Montessori Academy (PMA) opened in Stouffville in January 2003. Since then, owner and founder Lubna Jaffer has welcomed more than two hundred children through its doors.
On May 26, the school celebrated and invited all alumni and current families to attend. The event had parents and students, both past and present, sharing heartfelt memories.
One current parent shared how the academy was the first she visited when she began looking for the perfect school for her first child. She loved what she saw, but felt she should visit other schools before making a decision. Twenty schools later, she registered at the academy and has never looked back.
An alumni student described how their relationship with the school didn’t end when she and her sister graduated. Instead it became a 15-year-long relationship with both girls coming back to volunteer and their mom staying on the school’s mailing list and joining the parent committee. The consensus: the academy is clearly a community school and the love the students and parents (both past and present) have for the institution is palpable.
“The PMA instilled me with the passion to learn,” recalled graduate Olivia. “So much so that I actually hid under tables at the end of the day so I wouldn’t have to leave. Learning at this school and being in its community has ultimately made me a curious person and has helped me strive for success.”
Main photo: alumni (back row, from the left, Emily, Danika, Martina; middle – Amanda, Alina and front, Olivia) sit on the front steps of Progressive Montessori and share fond memories with teacher and founder, Lubna Jaffer. Julie Williams photo