112 Sand Hill Rd
Simsbury CT 06070
Dear Cobb School Community,
As it is often said, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
With this in mind I am writing to inform you that on June 30, 2019, I will step down as Head of The Cobb School, Montessori.
We have accomplished a great deal over these past 44 years, and I believe that The Cobb School, Montessori is poised and ready to reach even greater heights under new leadership. Together, we – current and past parents, trustees, alumni, staff, and dear friends – have taken our beloved school from one small classroom of nine students in a basement to the magnificent Cobb School we have today. Since our humble beginnings, we have worked together to build a thriving school that now serves over 135 students.
For more than four decades, I continued to dream of expanding The Montessori Children’s House until it included today’s eight classrooms, all with adjoining gardens on the perimeter of a wonderful playground. In addition, with your support, we built a library, an art studio, a science lab, and most recently, the Great Hall. Together, we built The Cobb School, Montessori. We forged relationships with friends near and far, from our collaboration with our neighbors at The Ethel Walker School to our sister school across the globe in Bhutan. Two years ago, we developed a new and very special partnership through an intergenerational program with The McLean Senior Living Community. I have often said that it takes a village, and I want to thank everyone over the years for making my dreams for Cobb come true.
As I reflect on the past 40-plus years, I think fondly of the trustees with whom I have had the great honor of working – men and women willing to give their time, financial resources, and wisdom to help build this school. Together, we designed a children’s house around the developmental needs of each child passing from one plane of development to another. Without these magnificent trustees who believed fervently in the school’s mission, we would not be where we are today.
I also feel deeply grateful for the gift of working with the most hard working and dedicated Montessori teachers, assistants, staff, and administrators I know, many of whom have been with me for over 10, 20, even 30 years. They will always remain my dear friends, and it is wonderful to know they will be at Cobb for years to come and will continue to give of themselves for the benefit of the children.
What a joy it has been for me to be able to observe the hundreds of children who have graced our classrooms over the years, to watch them transform through their own work in their prepared environments. Today I am witness to all that our alumni are doing in their lives, to see them following their passions and making this a better world.
At Cobb, we are more than a school – we are a family. We are a community of like-minded individuals who believe that the most important time in a child’s life is from birth to 12, the period of childhood. We believe in fostering a love of learning and teaching young children about the importance of living their lives with respect, responsibility, independence and integrity.
It will be hard to leave all of this, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my family who has supported me during this journey, my husband Michael, our children, Michael and Sallie Ann, and our grandchildren, Annabelle, Tate, Henry, and Stella Mae. The school has been a second home to us all, even to our dogs, Maggie and Lilly, and now our sweet Mercy who still spends her days on campus.
Montessori is a way of life, and it has been my life for over 50 years. My hope is that I can continue to serve others in the greater Montessori community, nationally and internationally, by supporting heads of school, teachers, and families. Our work is profound and life-changing, and there is much to be done.
I will cherish the memories of my time at Cobb. It has not always been easy, and like any community we have had our share of sadness, but these difficult times brought us closer together, bonded us as “friends forever.” We have also had so much to celebrate over these magical years: weddings, new babies, the accomplishments of our alumni, and Cobb teachers – now honored trainers – teaching the next generation of Montessorians. One recent highlight in our community occurred last year when two Cobb alums, who met in one of my early Primary classrooms, were married. We have shared countless special moments in the lives of so many families.
These memories are the greatest gift anyone could ever ask for. I sincerely thank you all for the opportunity to have served your children for these glorious years. It will not be easy to step aside, but it is what we are called to do when we see our child is grown up and ready to fly.
With deep appreciation,
Mary Lou Cobb
Founder and Head of School
Believe, Guide, Step Aside, Let Fly