Welcome to Annie Fisher Montessori


Annie Fisher Montessori is one of only four public schools in the country that are recognized by Association Montessori Internationale at both the Primary and Elementary levels. It is also one of the very few that have a vital Erdkinder Middle School level. AFM celebrates the fact that every child learns differently, and through experimental hands-on work, all children have the ability to develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline. Instruction is based on the child’s inherent love of learning and is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities.

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Welcome Message from Vivian Novo-MacDonald, Principal

It is a pleasure and an honor to serve as Principal of Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School. I am inspired on a daily basis by the dedication of our staff and our families to the well-being of our students. I am also inspired by our students’ love of learning. Visitors to our school always remark on the peaceful atmosphere and the high level of student engagement. Children are often so enthralled by the materials and the work at hand that they do not notice anyone entering their classrooms. Maria Montessori herself said, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”

Montessori education has been my life’s work. I began as a classroom assistant, then served as a primary guide for 13 years and as an assistant principal for four years before coming to AFM. I have also been a Montessori parent. My experiences have allowed me to work with students, staff and families in many capacities. In addition to Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) primary training, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola College in Maryland. I received my certification as an administrator from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Although I was born in Cuba, I have lived in Hartford most of my life and consider myself very much a member of the Hartford community. My husband and I have three daughters who have all benefited from a public Montessori education. The oldest is now a Montessori teacher herself in a lower elementary classroom at another school.

I am looking forward to a year of exciting activities with our students, staff and families. I am also looking forward, as always, to collaborating with you as we guide our students in their social and academic development.

Vivian Novo-MacDonald