Our academic year students convened for their first day on Tuesday Sept. 2. So far, we’ve had a great time getting to know each other and enjoying this time “at the beginning”. This year’s students represent an eclectic group – with a variety of academic backgrounds and personal interests united by their emergent passion for Montessori education. They are a well-traveled group, and a number arrived here from outside North America. For balance, three are actually native Oregonians. During this first week, we are smiling our way through the intricacies of orientation, exploring the joys of collaborative learning, and learning our first songs; all while plunging directly into the wonders of Human Tendencies and stages of development as well as identifying the elements of a positive learning environment for adults. It is indeed “a good place to be” – here at the start of a great journey together!