Our Testimonials

I watched my daughter flourish over the years at Desert Garden Montessori. As a student from grade 2 through grade 9, and under the tutelage of some extraordinary teachers, she has grown into an intelligent, articulate, outgoing and thoughtful young woman. She is now a sophomore on scholarship at ASU, straight A student, and deeply engaged in the community through philanthropic activities. One of the best decisions of my life was to trust Desert Garden with my daughter’s education.

Michael Ellenby, alumni parent

Thank you for the tremendous example, patience, and kindness that you shared with us throughout our time at DGM!  You truly impacted us as young parents; your wisdom, experience, and confidence in our children's ability and independence is something we aspire to instill in our new little one.  You were/are truly an incredible teacher not only for our children, but for Nathan and me too.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!!

April Gruber, parent (about Ms. Kinnari Pandya, Infant Lead Teacher)

On Tuesday, we had the crazy rainfall. When we picked up our son, he shared he didn’t complete any of his daily goals. I was a mixture of frustrated and happy with his honesty. He said the rain had his mind so far from the classroom and tasks, he was asked if he just wanted to go outside and play.

was told the teachers were working diligently to keep the room on task, focused, deal with rain, etc. and they were feeling quite stressed by it. Then, Ms. Shetal walked into the room and said that they needed to just let go of it. Just let go of it. Let the children deal with the water (they kept asking to do it anyway), build boats and race them in the “river.” Dance in the rain!

We all need you, Ms. Shetal, to walk into our lives each day, sincerely. Just be – let go of our schedules and requirements, relax, and be in those moments. Thank you for those words. Thank you for directing the school as you do. I actively make an effort to tell our teachers how amazing they are, and how the lessons they teach and the approach they use, encourages success and improves all of our lives. Today I wanted that to be you – your words will stay with me and I’m grateful for this.

Tonight, during the drive home, I plan to tell my son how his sense of adventure and exploration was a much better way to spend those moments. My natural desire for academic excellence completely neglected the lessons we learn when we just pause, breathe, and be in the moment. Lesson learned – a sincere thank you from all of us in the Reed home.

Justin Reed, parent (about Ms. Shetal Walters, Executive Director)