Dear Sister Kelly,
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to you because I attended Our Lady of Grace many, many years ago. I cannot recall the exact years that I was there, but most likely between 1992-1995. My maiden name is Verlander. My brother, Naresh Verlander, attended Our Lady of Grace before me as well. My mother, Marian Verlander, is still in New York but I have ended up settling with my husband in London, UK.
I am writing to not only inform you of this and say hello, but I also wanted to reach out as I have just started training for the 3-6 AMI Diploma Course at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. So many wonderful memories of my time at Our Lady of Grace continue to come back to me now (even over 25 years later!) and even specific memories of working with particular materials! It is incredible to be able to learn and understand Montessori's philosophy and theory which benefited me so much.
For many years I studied Psychology and even did my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology in the hope to help others and do good in the world by working in Mental Health. Recently, I decided to change direction and concentrate my knowledge towards education, and more specifically, Montessori. My love of learning clearly has not ceased.
This email was to let you know how a prior pupil of Our Lady of Grace is so very grateful for the Montessori education that was provided for me, and the impact it made on my life.
I hope to hear from you, but if not, I hope you accept my token of appreciation.