Words of Wisdom From a Keystone Alumni

My name is Dani (Danielle) Block. I attended Keystone Montessori from 1998 - 2007. I am currently 24 years old and in my third year of Medical School at the University of Mississippi. Prior to that, I played Divison I Softball at the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Desert Vista High School.

I am forever thankful for my Montessori education. During my time at Keystone, I learned how to learn. In my opinion, learning is not knowing how to memorize facts or equations. Its sole purpose is not to enable students to pass a test or move to the next grade. Learning is always asking "how" and "why." It is an endless sense of curiosity. Learning is understanding how small details fit into a bigger picture, and knowing how those details make that bigger picture functional. Learning is viewing the world as a place of limitless exploration. It means never becoming stagnant in personal growth, even after you stand on stage at your final graduation. I was lucky enough to grow up in an environment that not only allowed this kind of thinking, but fostered it. My advice to all Keystone students is to embrace the Montessori philosophy. It shaped me into the person I am today.