Melissa Fleck-Aller

Head of School / Lower Elementary, Melissa Fleck-Aller

Melissa Fleck-Aller attended Montessori schools as a child from the age of 2 ½ to the age of 14. Her first school was Assumption Montessori in Miami, later Alexander Montessori, and then Taunus Montessori in Germany. She spent one year in Italy (while her mother took the Montessori Elementary Advanced Course) in the local Italian school in Bergamo. She attended high school in Charleston, and went on to receive her BA in Political Science with a minor in International Studies from the College of Charleston. For her Montessori Elementary (6-9) training, she trained at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New Rochelle, NY.

Melissa’s whole life was surrounded by Montessori teachers. Her mother, Rosemary Fleck was one of the early Montessori teachers that brought Montessori back to the United States in the 1960’s. She had the opportunity to meet some very important Montessori teachers growing up who were influential to her career: Elizabeth Caspari, Mother Isabel Eugenie, Beverly McGhee and of course her own mother. She has been a Montessori teacher since 1988.

Melissa’s favorite thing about teaching children is being a witness to the moments when the child begins to synthesize the lessons for themselves and become self-motivated, independent learners. In Melissa's words..."To watch a child take on a topic for study, and see the process as it unfolds into a beautiful work that is entirely the child’s, is beyond satisfying. The mark of a good teacher is to be able to say, ‘the child now works as if I no longer exist.’”

Melissa's approach to running a Christian Montessori School is not only to help the children fall in love with Jesus, but to treat all people who come here in much the same way as Jesus treated Mary Magdalene. “You must give with love to all whom God has placed in your path.” This very basic approach is what makes Trinity a truly loving, welcoming and diverse Christian community.