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September 21, 2009

My Turn: A great education in the early years can make all the difference

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By developing a collegial educational setting with others whose main objective is to provide a "good fit" for children in the classroom environment, I have seen outstanding individual and collective achievement take place.

I am now the head of school of The Brookwood School in Cooperstown, where this nurturing of children's intellects and spirits is developed through a Montessori approach and amazing, caring teachers.

Sometimes, in any school, finding the "good fit" for a child is in finding a terrific environment for the youngest children that will give them all of the academic skills, personal and social awareness and ability to communicate and problem-solve in the fast-paced world in which they will be competing.

This will hold them in good stead as they apply to colleges, look for jobs and put themselves out there as young adults. I think that independent schools across the country offer those things and more because we are not confined by a state-mandated curriculum and structure of learning environment.

I realize that cost is an issue, especially in our current economy, but I also continue to feel confident that the time, attention and personalization that children can receive when they are young helps them to be more confident and competent as learners and people as they get older.

In the end, that is what has happened for me. As I embark on heading my third school and work to provide an education for children that would make Miss Bothomley, and all those unique and special teachers, proud, it is my goal to make good teaching and learning possible.

As I, and so many others have seen, a great education in the early years can make all the difference.

Reeves can be reached at 547-4060 or greeves@thebrookwoodschool.org.

To write for "My turn," contact Daily Star Publisher Tanya Shalor at tshalor@thedailystar.com or 432-1000, ext. 214.

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