Dr. Montessori presents to us that all adults in the child’s life and the teaching guide form what we call the Human aspect of the environment. This is both a privilege and responsibility. All adults should, with great care and self-awareness, present and model to the child the most beautiful human behavior and through this modeling aid and support the process of self-discovery and learning. Dr. Montessori emphasized the spiritual preparation of the teacher, and, at Tara School, we abide by this, and extend it to include opportunities for the preparation of the caregiver, believing, as Dr. Montessori did, that the work of education far surpasses what is done in the classroom, and that every person connected to the child serves, in some sense, as their educational environment. Our teachers are certified with diplomas from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in the specific developmental stage of the children they guide. They are lifelong practitioners of the Buddhadharma and of Montessori pedagogy, which enables them to embody a unique approach to education that integrates the good heart and preparation for life.