“One of our 9 year olds tested into the Spanish immersion program at Desert Willow for the upcoming school year 2010!
 This feat is all the more remarkable when one takes into account that this student learned ALL of his Spanish at our school –
 starting with the primary through his elementary years. (His family is not Spanish speaking).”


“ I have been here for 7 years, and I recommend this school because it’s very educational and fun. It has taught me everything I know from age 3, and you can walk around and choose your own work which is great. I hope everyone has a great next year.” From a 4th grade student, June 2010.


Paula, Thank you for making it such a special event. You and the teachers of Dynamite are so terrific, your dedication is really heartwarming. Trevor has grown so much during his 3 years there & I'm forever grateful. The Children's encyclopedia was such a wonderful gift, I know we'll use it for years to come, thank you for everything! The ceremony brought tears to our eyes. – Rebecca & Jim Niessink, May 2010


DYNAMITE MONTESSORI SCHOOL has a unique educational environment with outstanding leadership under the direction of Paula Leach. The staff and student body are always eager to please.

The students at DYNAMITE MONTESSORI are exceptional! They are eager to learn; consequently they make tremendous strides. They are mannerly and appreciate anything and everything that is taught to them.

– Janice Hulstedt Music teacher, May 2010


As a consultant for Gifted Education, I made an observation which may relate to the cognitive development of Montessori learners. Montessori learners appear to have a strong ability for non-verbal/spatial realtion skills, especially when tested and/or given work in this specific area. During their early years of development, Montessori children are given various work/lessons which enhances the non-verbal/spatial part of the brain.


The class I have here is one of the best I have taught for the past three years.
The children in my Dynamite Montessori Chinese class (ages 3-5) are extremely bright. They are all extremely talented, vibrant, and well-behaved.

I have also been extremely impressed by the Dynamite Montessori School. The atmosphere at the school is great, and the classrooms and office are very well-organized. I also see different animals in different places in the school. Students enjoy these animals very much, and they must gain a great deal of knowledge from raising and observing the animals. I believe the environment in the school is shaped from principal and founder Ms. Paula Fabian-Leach. Paula has all the characteristics of a great leader and educator. She is always very personable and willing to provide help and support.
– Karen Meng, Mencius Chinese Academy




“Our children have been attending Dynamite Montessori for over 4 years and in that time we have seen amazing transformations. Our children have not only grown academically, they have grown emotionally and socially. The entire faculty is focused on the total development of each child so they can grow individually while being part of a family. We have a tremendous amount of respect for what goes on everyday at Dynamite Montessori and we are privileged to have been a part of it and our children will forever be better because of it.”
– Michael and Kelly Ring – April 2010


I wanted to let you know how much I really miss Spanish lessons with Thania. She is such a patient and caring instructor who makes such an outstanding effort at not only teaching the language to her students, but introducing them to the essence of the latin american culture. Her techniques engage the student fully resulting in a highly productive learning environment; the next best thing to immersion. I hope one day soon to return to her sessions. Thank you for making this experience available to the parents at DMS. – D.B.


Paula, You are the greatest school administrator I have ever known. I tell people about you all the time. You hold the Honored Position of being
Andrew's Favorite teacher at Andrew's Favorite School. We miss you. J. A. (alumnus)


Abby’s adopted grandfather was from Argentina. He spent much of his life in foreign countries and spoke seven languages. Even though he lived in the states for over 35 years, his English was heavily accented. One day he came into Phoenix (they live in Prescott) for the day and we had lunch. Abby spent some time speaking with him in Spanish. He went home and raved about how well she spoke, with a perfect accent. That was truly a milestone day. About a year later, his daughter Carmen (who lives in Spain) visited. Again, we had a meal together, and she too spoke with Abby in Spanish. Carmen also was impressed with Abby’s speaking and comprehension ability.


I want to thank you and the entire staff at your school you did such a wonderful job with my son and all the kids. You have created something real special there. It is much, much more than a school. It is an experience for the children. An experience they can take with them for their entire life.

He loves you and the school so much.

I think I speak for our entire family when I say thanks for everything, "You’re the best!"


"You would be so proud to know that Manuel and Francisca are doing incredibly well at school. Thanks to all your foundation work with them, I don't even have to say a word about doing homework – they are self-driven and motivated and their teachers love having them. So a big THANKS to you and Dynamite Montessori."
- Yolande Grill, Former Elementary Parent


"Dynamite Montessori has given my children the confidence to succeed no matter what school they may attend in later years, because it has provided them with such a great foundation."  - M. Yost


"Since Alex started at Dynamite Montessori, she is always so excited about going to school in the morning. She is very curious and the Montessori environment is perfect for her because she is not prevented from learning what she is drawn to, even though the subject may be for older children. Her mind is stimulated on a day-to-day basis, which encourages her to ask a lot of questions about everything! I asked Alex what she liked best about Dynamite Montessori. She told me that it gives her great works and lessons that she likes to do - it is the best school she has ever gone to!" - Becky


"I am so happy that our daughter can enjoy her formative years in the Primary Program at Dynamite Montessori. There she has learned the importance of respect and grace, experienced the freedom of exploration and discovery, and made great friends along the way. Dynamite Montessori is a place where the basics are learned as a direct result of a child's natural curiosity. I believe this unique experience will serve her well into the future." - Cynthia Weiss


"Since I moved my son last fall from a daycare/preschool environment to Dynamite Montessori, he has grown tremendously in his academic, social and life skills. The entire staff has a true understanding of how children grow and learn, and they know how to take their knowledge and put it into practice.

My son's teachers are incredibly patient with the children and provide them with individual instruction, attention, affection and guidance that is so critical at this stage of development. They also provide the parents with instruction and guidance. I have learned a great deal from the free workshops that have been provided for us, and through the daily feedback I receive. The staff always takes the time to address my questions and concerns.

Dynamite Montessori's atmosphere is not only conducive to learning, but also one that allows us to meet and interact with other parents. I am very thankful that I found, and made the move to Dynamite - the school lives up to it's name!"


"Our whole family feels that Dynamite Montessori is an absolutely terrific school for the following reasons:

The most important element in any school is the teaching staff. We can't say enough about the high quality found at Dynamite Montessori. All staff members treat the students with respect and always talk in a quiet voice, which the students mirror. The teachers we have observed are consistently engaged, and look directly at the students when talking to them. This may seem odd to mention, but at other preschools, teachers often seem to be preoccupied, more like baby-sitting.

We came away from the parent's education evening with a clear understanding about the curriculum and were very impressed. When Maya entered school last June, we noticed almost immediately, an increase in her vocabulary, which has continued steadily. It helps that there are four- and five-year olds in her class to converse with. Whenvever we pickup, leave off, or come at mid-day, students are always busy at something constructive, usually in small groups, learning, getting along with each other - it is amazing.

The physical environment, in our view, is perfect. Everything is so open. We love the emphasis on plants and animals and all of the space for running. The classrooms are so well organized that even the messiest of kids (we know one) appreciates putting materials back on the shelves.

Probably the proof that what Dynamite Montessori is trying to accomplish, is working are the children themselves. They are friendly, polite, articulate and lots of fun. The emphasis on parent participation is also a huge plus." -Wynne and Abby Hemingway


From what I have observed, I think that kids who come out of Dynamite Montessori elementary have a lot of general knowledge and are genuinely curious about things.
I think they show a lot of interest in learning. My oldest children completed the 3 year program (1 – 3 grade), and had a very good experience at Dynamite Montessori. They still miss it after 2 years… My youngest child has now graduated into the elementary where I continue to assist.” 
- A. Ramohalli.