Dear Mrs. Joyce Maddalone,
I write this letter to thank you and staff for the wonderful education my two grandchildren, Michelle Mayer (7) and Benjamin Mayer(4), have received at Mother Teresa Academy.
Michelle began her education at MTA in the Fall of 2009, when she was enrolled in the Pre-School program. Her parents had recently separated and I believe MTA brought a sense of stability into her life. She quickly adapted to the structured pre-school routine, and she relished learning her ABC’s and numbers (yes, this was a part of the pre-school curriculum!).
Today Michelle continues to make new friends at MTA and the school continues to foster her love of learning. MTA is not all about academics; there are a lot of fun activities provided by the school toenhance learning, camaraderie, and just plain fun. Michelle looks forward to “Dress Down Day” (a monthly fund-raiser for the school), the occasional “Pajama Day” or “Red/White and Blue Day” (Patriotic Day). Today is Valentine’s Day, and Cupid (alias Principal Dr. John Metallo) will deliver cupcakes and/or flowers to the children!
The school also offers new learning experiences in the After School Clubs (such as Cooking Class, Lego Club, Martial Arts, or Rotary Club).
School events for students and their families include Father/Daughter Dance, Spring Concert, MTA’s Annual Fall Fashion Show (a fundraiser), and the end of the year graduation ceremony for all classes.
MTA offers a stimulating and challenging academic learning environment for students. All students are computer savvy. Foreign language instruction is also part of the curriculum. The main language taught is Spanish, but bi-lingual language immersion options are also offered (i.e., Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese). The teachers tend to be young, recent college graduates, and they are enthusiastic and bring innovative teaching techniques to their classrooms. Also, MTA continues to upgrade the curriculum so as to enable each student to achieve their maximum potential. Dr. John Metallo, newly appointed principal, runs a tight ship over MTA, a school that continues to grow and excel.
MTA’s Mission Statement is to incorporate Christian values into an academic setting, especially focusing on responding to the dignity of others and in making responsible choices for oneself and the community. MTA encourages parents to affirm their child when they make responsible choices. A student’s parents can nominate his/her child to be “Child of the Week.” This is done when parents cite an action where their son/daughter has shown one of the seven MTA values (respect, trust, service, patience & forgiveness, kindness, acceptance, responsibility and faith). These seven MTA values are also aspects of LOVE, the predominant MTA value. The school’s logo is, “We can do no great things—only small things with great love.” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta) I see this love in action at MTA.
I believe that students at MTA are being formed into our future leaders of tomorrow — the young men and women who care to make a difference in the world. They will form bonds of friendship at home and abroad, irregardless of race or creed, and they will serve the needs of their fellow man through peaceful ways.
For me, a naturalized U.S. citizen (I left Hungary with my family in 1956, at the time of the Hungarian Revolution), I cannot say enough how important it is to give our young children (and grandchildren) a good education, especially one that focuses on Christian values.
I extend my hand to you, Mrs. Maddalone, and say with Benjamin, our grandson, “Give me a five!”