What is Normalization in the Montessori Classroom?

by Theresa Powers, MSSA Program Director It is well-known that Maria Montessori was a pioneer in the field of education, with books and lectures from the early 1900’s that have been translated into many languages throughout the world.  On initial encounter, some Montessori terminology can be oblique; words like normalization and horme* are words that seem old-fashioned … Read more

MSSA and the PTC

PTC Members

What is the purpose of the MSSA PTC? The goals of the PTC are to foster a sense of community at MSSA and to raise funds to enrich the programs and enhance the school grounds. We do this by organizing community events and volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and providing support to the classrooms. What are a … Read more

Back-to-School Tips

Dear MSSA Families, It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at MyMSSA Day. The smiles, handshakes, warm hugs, and the excitement and joy of coming to school were the perfect way to kick off the 2022-2023 school year!  The start of school can generate feelings of excitement and also fear or … Read more

Back to School Frequently Asked Questions


With the first day of school quickly approaching, many new and veteran families have questions about the upcoming year. While the Back to School Guide is a great resource, here are some answers to other questions.  Q1: What if we are unable to attend MYMSSA Day? Some families may not be able to attend MYMSSA … Read more

Meet Reem Rashid

Lower Elementary Assistant

My name is Reem Rashid. I have earned my bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Petra (Jordan) and an MBA from the University of NYIT (Jordan). I am bilingual in English and Arabic and came to the United States in 2012. I enjoy working with kids and their families and I look forward … Read more

Meet Karen DeMore

Karen DeMore

My name is Karen DeMore and I am super excited to be joining the faculty of MSSA as the Middle School math teacher; I am entering the last half of my 34th year in the classroom. My personal mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone I meet, one person at … Read more

Jr. Vase Art Students Recognized

The MSSA Art Department is delighted to announce that ten MSSA Middle School students earned Superior ratings in the Junior Visual Art Scholastic Event (Jr. VASE) for Region 20 West. The annual Texas Art Education Association visual art competition recognizes exemplary intermediate, middle school, and junior high student artwork, with professionally credentialed art jurors interviewing … Read more

Nurse Kimberly Honored

When Omicron was in full force, a parent posted a simple question: How can we show our appreciation to Nurse Kimberly for all her hard work? The response from the PTC and community was amazing. After gathering ideas and sending out information to families, the PTC collected enough money to gift her with an engraved … Read more

Meet The New Head of School Emily Lund

Since her student teaching experience in the fall of 1998, Emily has been immersed in Montessori education. She is a credentialed Early Childhood Montessori teacher, has worked both in public and private Montessori schools, and has worn many hats in administrative positions including Lower Division Director and Assistant Head of School while concurrently serving as … Read more

Spelling Champ is back at it

Harini started at MSSA as a kindergartner and will soon be graduating as an 8th grader. She began participating in spelling bees in second grade and competed in a few national and international spelling bees for a couple of years. In 2017, she registered and won the San Antonio regional bee for the first time … Read more

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