STEAM-focused interactive programming designed to spark a passion for lifelong learning
FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS (Jan. 6, 2020) – STEAMspark Montessori Experience, an entirely new approach to early childhood education developed by nationally recognized North Texas educator Dr. Jovan Wells, is launching in Farmers Branch later this year. Located at 1400 Valley View Lane, the school broke ground at the end of 2019 and is expected to begin operating for the 2020 – 2021 school year. The program is a Montessori-driven, STEAM-integrated, age-appropriate, highly interactive curricula that will be taught by Montessori credentialed and certified educators.
“Throughout my career, I’ve seen a big gap in STEAM-focused curriculum for early childhood programs, which is such a critical timeframe for introducing these skills and concepts in a fun and engaging environment,” said Dr. Wells. “I created STEAMspark Montessori Experience to fill this gap. When students walk through our doors, we want them to feel like they’re playing instead of learning. Our program sparks curiosity and inspires imagination in our students, which ultimately creates a lifelong passion for learning. This approach positions our students to become top academic performers and prepares them to be successful leaders in the future workforce.”
One of the most distinctive features of the STEAMspark approach is the SPARKhub Enrichment Program. Activities such as robotics, digital coding, leadership skills, culinary arts, physical and team fitness and entrepreneurship will all be taking place through the SPARKhub, creating an integrated learning environment that sparks connections between the child’s core content knowledge and 21st century skills. Building features and amenities supporting the SPARKhub include multiple age-appropriate playscapes, eSports activities, recreational sports courts for volleyball, basketball and other sports, a splashpad, water recreation, and an educational garden.
STEAMspark Montessori Experience will offer a wide range of programs for students ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years. Programs include the following:
Nido (6 weeks – 12 months)
The Nido Room, which translates to “nest,” is a place for students age 6 week through 12 months to build confidence and develop early language skills in a home-like environment.
Toddlers (12 – 18 months)
Toddlers are encouraged to pursue their natural passion for wonder, curiosity, exploration and discovery in a safe, peaceful and supportive environment through STEAMspark’s toddler program.
Early Childhood (18 – 36 months)
STEAMspark’s early childhood program is designed to guide and encourage children as they embrace their independence development stage. Educators support the daily habits parents are teaching their children during this timeframe by reinforcing tasks such as toilet training, feeding times and general self-care while also helping students increase self-awareness and confidence.
Primary (3-6 years)
As students transition from self-awareness to care for others, primary students engage in STEAMspark’s Peace Curriculum, which integrates lessons of grace, courtesy and service into a rigorous academic Montessori curriculum. Research-based academic materials are used to develop a strong foundation in sensorial, practical life, language, math, culture and STEAM-integrated concepts that will also strengthen social and emotional development.
Before and After School Care (7-12 years)
As students grow into young adults, STEAMspark’s before and after school programs offers bridge the gap between school and a parent’s work schedule by offering learning opportunities that balance social, mental and physical activities. The program includes support with finishing homework, recreational sports and other physical activities, and opportunities to nurture friendships.
STEAMspark’s summer programming keeps children engaged in thematic content with an integrated Montessori approach. Summer camps include field trips and special experiences combined with integrated activities in the STEAMspark Hub.
The STEAMspark concept and curriculum was developed by Dr. Jovan Wells, a nationally recognized educator with more than 20 years of experience creating effective strategies for student and staff development and performance. Dr. Wells is best known for her efforts as principal of the School of Science and Engineering Magnet at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center. Under her leadership, the school, which has a heavy emphasis on STEAM curriculum, was ranked the #1 public high school in America by Newsweek and the Washington Post. More recently, Dr. Wells is developing innovative curriculum for the Garland Independent School District. She has also worked closely with organizations such as the National Math and Science Initiative, the Texas Instruments Foundation to enhance STEAM *(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiatives and the American Montessori Society and the Shelton School to design high quality Montessori Magnet programs.
All STEAMspark educators will be dual certified by the American Montessori Society and Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC). More information about careers with STEAMSpark Montessori Experience is available at www.steamspark.com/careers/.
Families interested in more information about STEAMspark Montessori Experience’s programs and enrollment may visit www.steamspark.com. Meetings with educators and facility tours will be available by appointment closer to the building’s opening date. For updates, check back on the website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
About STEAMspark Montessori Experience
STEAMspark Montessori Experience ignites a passion for learning at an early age by providing a highly individualized learning environment designed to promote and nurture intellectual curiosity, emotional well-being, physical health and social development of the whole child. By sparking an interest in learning at an early age, the program’s STEAM-integrated Montessori curriculum prepares students to become top academic performers throughout their education, positioning them to take on more advanced courses in secondary school and enabling them to successfully pursue higher education opportunities.