Parents Speak

“We were lucky enough to have Mrs. Shuhan as a teacher for our son for four wonderful years. Her patience and knowledgeable guidance was invaluable to our family. We watched our son flourish in her classroom and I am forever grateful for her kindness and dedication to the children at Mountain Laurel.”

Laura Gharrity, kindergarten class of 2009

-Hillary Thing, Accord Acupunture

-Jenny Wonderling, Nectar Imports

“Motria has led Wild Earth’s young children’s summer camp (ages 4-7) for many years to wonderful reviews from participants and fellow staff alike. She brings creativity and consciousness to all she does. Motria possesses the unique gift of being able to hold an extremely safe space for children while at the same time freeing and empowering them to discover the world and their place in it.  I highly recommend Motria Shuhan and Acorn School as you consider preschools for your children.”

David Brownstein, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Wild Earth

– Alison Sinatra, yoga teacher

“For over three years, Mrs. Shuhan’s Kindergarten has been a paradise for my children. She applies Waldorf Education principles in a gentle and potent manner, creating an atmosphere that is ideal for the development of young children. Her communication with the parent body through regular updates, sharing of articles, and parent meetings allow parents not only to understand and participate in our children’s learning process, but also to engage in the process of learning ourselves. The principles and values parents receive from Mrs. Shuhan’s engagement provide a natural segue for sensible education, parenting, and life principles to find their way into our homes and lives.”

– Jason Stern, Chronogram Magazine, kindergarten class of 2011

– Jeffrey Davis, writer,  Tracking Wonder

“Motria Shuhan has been a true blessing to our family. Her wisdom, experience, and creativity have clearly been a boon to our son (and us!) during the two years he has been in her class and care. Motria’s grounded, gentle presence creates spaces in which children can discover their own foundation, their own creativity, and flourish within themselves and the community. My gratitude as a parent to Ms. Shuhan can not be adequately expressed in words, but the positive impact she has had in our son’s life speaks all that needs to be said.”

– Tobias Anderson, kindergarten class of 2012

“When I asked Henry (10) what he remembered about kindergarten, the first thing he said was “the tasty-toasty tortillas.”  Then he said there was one time when he was outside and it started raining and Mrs. Shuhan told him he had to “run between the raindrops” to get his coat.  He didn’t seem to recall the crying and struggling he had saying goodbye to us every morning for those first weeks — it was a struggle for us too, made bearable knowing that he was with Motria, who cared about him and would help him.  That he remembers food first is not surprising to us.  That he remembers a moment of poetry next and not the hardship of transition (like I do) is the best testimony of his great, great time in preschool.”

Peter Ferland, kindergarten class of 2008

“Mrs. Shuhan truly embodies the spirit of a waldorf teacher. While always acting with each child’s best interest at heart she is much loved and admired by us parents for her eloquently worded and always insightful guidance and expertise as well as her quiet and humble wit. Our experience in her class has been of immeasurable value to us as a family. While in her loving care our daughter was given the freedom to thrive and flourish as a child should.”

– Mia & John Reed, kindergarten class of 2012

“We feel very fortunate that our daughter Annabella had Motria as her kindergarten teacher. With no other person have we felt so confident that our child’s needs would be taken care of, both on a physical and emotional level. Motria has become our role model as a teacher with infinite patience, serenity, deep perception and playfulness. She epitomizes the nurturing and caring teacher that every child deserves.”

– Samrat Pathania, kindergarten class of 2012

– Dana Rudikoff, parent at Acorn School