My next stop was at Towles Intermediate School where Montessori continues in grades 1-6 and a transition to New Tech happens in grades 7-8. Once again I witnessed students in the 6-9 and 9-12 clusters working at their own pace, perfecting their skills in math and language arts by using manipulatives that enhanced the skills they were working on. But I also observed “passion.” What did that look like? “Passion” is seeing people light up when they talk about their school – both adults and children. Passion is the teacher not even noticing you’re stepping into his classroom because he is so focused on the children and his goals for the day. Passion is when a principal takes the time to talk one on one with children and say something positive about them. Passion is loving what you do and making it show. It definitely showed today at Towles.