News & Updates

A Visit from Commissioner Fosque

Commissioner Fosque graced IMS – Auburn Elementary students with her presence in honor and celebration of Black History Month on February 22, 2019. Commissioner Fosque is apart of that history, making waves herself as the first African-American woman to be elected Gwinnett County Commissioner.

During her visit with us, she told her story about how she came to be elected. Originally from NY and later moved to North Carolina, Commissioner Fosque obtained a Business undergraduate degree and later, her Masters in Public Administration when she realized her passion wasn’t in business, rather it lies in service to others. She was elected last November and serves as the Commissioner to Lawrenceville and Buford. She explained that as Commissioner, she is part of the team that overseas the budget and how that effects what programs the county brings to the libraries, water operations, public transportation, parks and recreation and many other aspects of operations of Gwinnett County.

As Commissioner Fosque holds a position of community service, she encouraged our students to commit to volunteer services because there are many people who need help. Our students are ready! Part of being a Montessori student is having the awareness and respect of others needs. IMS – Auburn stands ready to set the standard of what it means to make change and be of service to others.

IMS – Auburn thanks Commissioner Fosque for her service and her visit to our school!

New Class Name and Signs

Upper Elementary has a new name now – The Sapphires. Sapphire represent, hope, beauty and truth. We looked at what sapphires mean and then we created our own sapphires using our imagination and art supplies.

Victor’s ‘Sapphire Planet’ artwork

We are starting a track and cross country team in the fall. The elementary students were involved in voting for a school team mascot. We had to choose between beaver and mustang; the mustang won. A mustang represents, speed, strength and victory.

Have you seen the new school sign? International Montessori School Auburn (IMS – Auburn) is now the new name of our school. The tree represents our close community and the globe shows that we care and we welcome other people and cultures around the world. I hope you like our newsletter. You can look forward to a new “Sapphires Planet” letter every

Elementary students with the new school signs

Interview with Mrs. Zaki

Question: Do you know the past owner of this school?
Yes, I do. We met years ago when we were working together for MAG, an association for Montessori schools’ administrators.

Question: What inspired you to work with the Montessori environment?
20 years ago, my son went to a Montessori school in London that was close
to where I worked. When I changed jobs, I could not find a school and I decided to open a school, so he can go there. I fell in love with Montessori and I never went back.

Question: Why did you choose to buy the school?
When I heard that OPMS had closed, I was deeply concerned and sad
because I believe Montessori schools should not close, but on the contrary, we should open more. I felt I could step in and help so I could be here for you and your families.

Question: What is and why are you a visionary?
It is someone who thinks great things about the future, so for me is to think about Montessori. My vision is for each child to be able to go to a Montessori school and to grow and learn in a Montessori school to high school, so a child could stay in a Montessori school as much as we can so they have the maximum of Montessori education.

Question: What are your plans for changing the school?
What I’d like is really to come in and work together to develop it in a positive way, not necessarily to change but to let kids have a maximum amount of Montessori education, and grow it to high school.

Question: What is it like to own a school?
It is a lot of work and you must have passion and love it. Sometimes you
find yourself working 24 hours a day and you are still thinking about everything. I could not have it any other day.

Follow up question: What school did you go to when you were my age (9)? What did you think of your experience?
I went to an international school in Sierra Leone. It was not a Montessori
School, but how I wish it was. I learned so much since I started in Montessori. I feel that in all the methods of education they don’t teach children to think and be creative. When you are older you have to think and find solutions to problems. Children in a Montessori school start that in primary, an example being conflict resolution. Montessori prepares a child by teaching life skills; Montessori is a holistic education that teaches not only academics, but also care of one’s environment and home.

Thank you so much time for your time, I had a lot of fun.

Non-Discrimination Policy

IMS – Auburn admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, family structure, gender identity, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, family structure or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other school administered programs.