In 2020, Austin Montessori School revised its logo to reflect the current state of growth and vitality in our community. Our new logo is a cordate-shaped leaf, enclosed in a circle. The circle is a universal symbol representing wholeness and unity. The emblem in the middle of the logo captures the dynamic of growth at our school - the definite, finite, and infinite possibilities of what we can offer in reverence of the child's authentic nature. Essentially, it encapsulates that Dr. Montessori said: "All we need to change is our fundamental attitude toward the child and love him with a love which has faith in his personality and goodness, which sees not his faults but his virtues.
The logo captures the love within our community, the passion that drives our work. Without love, we could not fulfill the central tenet of our mission: educating for peace. In almost all cultural and spiritual traditions, leaves signify fertility, growth, new life. Dead leaves represent decay, but through this decay comes renewal (hence the Western idiom 'to turn over a new leaf'). This constancy of renewal is resonant with the vitality and relevance of the future of Austin Montessori School even while in the middle of a pandemic.
Lastly, the leaf's veins represent our community in how they are interconnected and give the leaf its structure. This interconnectedness is what holds us together - it is our lifeblood, sustaining us and making Austin Montessori School an integrative, ecological, educational community.
To summarize, the new Austin Montessori School logo symbolizes life, renewal, energy, hope.