Mrs. Barbara Reed of Mishawaka, Indiana
to receive 2016 Chiaravalle Award
An annual tradition at GSMS is to honor a community leader with the Chiaravalle Award. This award is named for the town in Italy where Maria Montessori was born in 1870. We chose this name because we seek to honor those who, like Dr. Montessori, have spent their lives in the service of children.
Our selection for the 2016 Chiaravalle Award is Mrs. Barbara Reed of Mishawaka, Indiana.
Mrs. Reed made Montessori happen in the area. Completing her Montessori training in 1965, she founded The Montessori School of South Bend, the first Montessori School in northern Indiana, in 1966. The Montessori School of South Bend thus launched the vibrant collection of Montessori schools currently serving the South Bend region, for which we are profoundly grateful.
Normally, we honor our Chiaravalle Award recipient with a ticketed gala dinner. However, with Mrs. Reed’s recent passing, we felt it would be more in line with her life to involve those she cared so much for: the children. On Monday, May 16th, Good Shepherd Montessori School will be holding a special day-long celebration of Mrs. Reed, culminating in an evening reception at 6:00 p.m. that is open to the public and free of charge.
For more information, please contact the school office at 574-288-0098.
Welcome by Dan Driscoll, Head of School
We are humbled by the remarkable school you are about to encounter. Our focus is a Montessori focus: joyful learning, spirited interaction, compassionate care for the environment, seeking to create a world at peace. Here at Good Shepherd we combine solid academics that have no limit with a faith-based foundation; we are an independent school, but we are centered on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic and Montessori faith formation process. This allows our children to ask the biggest questions and explore the universe in all its complexity, including its natural, scientific, moral, and religious complexity. We are South Bend’s only faith-based Montessori elementary school, and the only school in the Michiana region that engages a weekly farm component to bring botany, zoology, and environmental studies to the child in a very real, hands-on manner.
We look forward to sharing more about Good Shepherd.
Daniel W. Driscoll, Head of School