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Teaching Philosophy

MVNS holds a deep respect for the culture of childhood and trusts that children are capable of constructing their own ideas. Our school views children through a whole child lens, and values all children and their capabilities. Our children deserve knowledgeable, responsive, and attuned care-giving adults, and so we, teachers and parents, continuously invest in our learning. We appreciate each person’s unique perspectives and look to each other as partners in this process, creating relationships full of trust and collaboration. MVNS continues to push towards being a community where learning and growth is developed through respect, communication, dedication, and joy.

“Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent, and most of all, connected to adults and other children.”


​-Loris Malaguzzi 

Research shows that high-quality experiences in early childhood have a long and lasting impact on children, building the brain and setting the tone for a lifetime of learning. At MVNS, we foster not only the skills and knowledge that children need to succeed in life, but cultivate the dispositions of an effective lifelong learner – to be independent, to be creative, to be resilient, and to be intrinsically-motivated. These are the dispositions for the making of our future thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

We believe that children are...

Full of potential and creative communicators who express and develop their thinking “through one hundred languages.”

Competent and capable learners, and active, valuable citizens with inherent and irrefutable rights.

Social beings embedded within a community. Children’s natural capabilities, compassion, and empathy are strengthened in relation to self and others.

Pillars of Our School


who are recognized and respected as whole people and are at the core of everything we do.

Experienced Educators

who deeply value their relationships with children, partnerships with families, professional development, and implementation of the best current practices in Early Childhood Education.

Engaged Families

who are true partners in the life of the school from operations to learning alongside children and teachers in the classroom setting. By relying on parent ingenuity, teamwork, and labor, our daily experiences are enriched and we keep fees low so the school is available to families of all income levels.

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