Give a Child the World: The Story of Arbor Schools

Give a Child the World: The Story of Arbor Schools

DIRECTED BY: Katya Palladina

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:

Since moving to the United States from Russia in 2001 and enrolling my younger daughter in second grade at Arbor, the school became our second home away from home. I learned to speak English while volunteering as a parent, and also discovered the Montessori philosophy of “following the child”. Later in 2004, I began to teach art to the 1st through 9th grades. As a parent, I witnessed first hand the success of the Montessori method and became an enthusiastic supporter. As an artist and teacher, I draw inspiration from working with children; sometimes I feel that they teach me more about life and art than I teach them!

Arbor’s history is rich in inspiring personalities and stories that exemplify Montessori principles. I feel that now is the time to create a short documentary film about Arbor and preserve school history.