The Montessori FOCUS Magazine Launch Party
: Ms. Misha MorÍ

The Institute of Montessori Education hosted The Red Carpet Affair at the historic Heights Theater on February 4, 2010 in launching and the first edition of a new magazine - Montessori FOCUS to proliferate its methodology to families and illustrate why this evidence-based education is the premier type of education necessary for all students.

Montessori FOCUS Magazine is a new, cutting edge, innovative resource that will allow parents to understand why Montessori students are more competent, independent, responsible, self motivated, morally aware, lifelong learners, and socially responsible leaders of tomorrow.

Montessori FOCUS is a Houston-based quarterly magazine that serves the growing number of families in the Montessori community and the mainstream.

The launch party featured a presentation on Dr. Montessori's Four Planes of Development, put together by the following schools and organizations: Montessori Country Day School, First Steps Montessori School, Smaller Scholars Montessori School, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Riverbend Montessori School, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, School of the Woods and Houston Montessori Center.

Special guests from the American Montessori Society, Headquarters in New York included Marie Conti M.Ed., Senior Director of School Accreditation and Member Programs and Marcy Krever, AMS Director of Communication and Marketing. Other out of town guests included, Marie Dugan, 2009 AMS Living Legacy, Kathy Roemer Ph.D., AMS Vice President and Heidi Larson M.Ed., AMS Teacherís Section Chair and Board Member.

The evening drew a capacity of two hundred guests and VIP guests that were brought to the event by limousines, greeted by paparazzi, fans and media!  Guests enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres, sponsored by Georgia's Farm to Market, as well as took home a swag bag with a special inaugural edition of Montessori FOCUS!  TIME's promotional partner, Mikel Marketing LLC, and two local family oriented publications, The Kid's Directory and Houston Family Magazine are media sponsors of the event.  Georgia's Farm to Market and Munir Shivji are the business and individual sponsors.  And My Fairytale events coordinated the events.

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