Our story…our Future!
After discussing with her husband and receiving his blessings, in April 1992, Mrs. Katherine Sanders turned in her resignation to her job as a secretary to the director for a major corporation in the City of Detroit. Her love and passion for working with young children took over her need to earn a paycheck. She began assisting in the classroom as a parent volunteer at Deror Montessori, located in Oak Park MI., under the direction and leadership of the late Dorothy Lymon. In September of this same year, she enrolled in the Brookfield Montessori Teacher Academy to earn her teaching certification in pre-school and kindergarten training. In 1994, upon receiving her American Montessori teaching certification, she became one of the Head Preschool teachers at Deror for two consecutive years.
In September of 1996 she decided to bring her skills home due to her middle son Lance being diagnosed with a disability known as apraxia or verbal dyslexia. She knew early on that he required special attention to help build a stronger learning foundation for his future. At this time, she picked up three paying parents that were basically looking for babysitting services for their child. Along with her infant son Londale, a nephew Amoni Ware, three students (Portia Hendrix, Lauren Liggins, Jordan Brown and Amanda McNeal) plus Lance, Eagles Nest Montessori was birth.
Her basement was transformed into a classroom. It was at this point that she realized that there was a higher call on her life from God to deposit into the lives of children as the Holy Spirit directed. Children from far and near began to grace her home and waiting lists of double digit numbers were being compiled. All of these first students of hers are now graduating seniors from various high school districts in Southeastern Michigan. Each of them has been accepted into various colleges throughout the United States to continue on towards a higher education. Each child and their family attribute their early years of education and the environment that was fostered by Eagles Nest to set the foundation for their future.
In January 1999 after prayers and much support of family, friends and parents, God showed his favor on us and allowed the purchase of our current property located in Southfield Mi. We moved the school from our home to the smaller building and exhausted our waiting list, going from 15 to 30 children. In September 1999, having 30 children enrolled, we compiled a waiting list of 25 additional students. In the spring of 2001, the second location at this site was opened, taking our student enrollment to 65 plus children. Although we currently maintain an ongoing waiting list, at capacity, we are licensed for 76 students.