Alexander Montessori School and the Alexander Parents Association (APA) held their annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, Apr. 27.
This year’s event celebrated the 55th anniversary of Alexander Montessori School as well as Beverley McGhee’s 90th birthday.
The dinner dance took place at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove with special guest Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham in attendance. Mayor Cunningham proclaimed that Apr. 27 would be “Beverley McGhee Day” in the village. The proclamation urges all members of the community to celebrate Beverley McGhee on this magnificent day. A plaque with the proclamation hangs in the main office at Alexander Montessori School’s Old Cutler Road Campus.
Beverley McGheem along with her husband, Jim McGhee Sr., founded Alexander Montessori School in 1963.
Among her numerous accolades — in 1999 she was honored with the “Living Legacy” Award, a singular national honor of the American Montessori Society (AMS) that is bestowed by the Society’s Scholarship Committee to an individual whose exemplary achievements have had a significant impact within the AMS community.
She also is the founder and co-director of the Montessori Teacher Training Institute (MTTI), whose graduates earn the respected AMS Early Childhood Education Certificate. McGhee was a consultant to Miami-Dade County Public Schools for the Montessori Magnet Schools Program.
“Mrs. McGhee has dedicated her life to the education of children and has taught students from preschool age through college. She has impacted the lives of thousands of children,” said Dr. Joyce McGhee, co-head of school at Alexander Montessori School. “Mrs. McGhee is an incredible role model to us all and has created such a wonderful family environment in which all of us can learn to love to learn.”
Each spring, the APA celebrates the school with its annual dinner dance. The APA is a volunteer, parent-run organization with a mission to enhance the quality of the education, student life, and spirit of the Alexander Montessori School community by coordinating and sponsoring programs and events to benefit and enrich the experience of students, parents, and staff of the school throughout the school year.
“We are grateful to our Alexander Parent’s Association for making the dinner dance a memorable event celebrating Beverley’s 55 years of dedication to the excellence of Montessori in Miami and at Alexander Montessori School,” Dr. McGhee continued.
For more information on Alexander Montessori School, visit www.alexandermontessori.com or call 305-665-6274.