About Maria Artero Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten
Jesus says, "Let the children come to me.It is to just such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs. Then He embraced them and blessed them placing His hands on them (Mk 10:13,16)".
On October 17, 1967, we opened and on October 17, 2003, celebrated thirty-five years of service to our people of Guam. Even then we decided to educate the children in all the basic skills for their future and introduce them to Jesus. Our preschool and kindergarten seeks to assist parents in exercising their responsibility as the primary educators of their children. In the Mercedarian tradition, the educators participate in the mission of Jesus by introducing young children to the educational process in a Catholic environment (MMB Education Plan 1998).
Together we can strive to meet the goals and criteria needed to nurture, love and help our children to grow, physically, academically, but above all, spiritually, in and with God. Thank you for allowing us to live out our lives with you and become a part of your family through your children, whom we serve. As Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz, we strive to provide high quality services.
Dangkulo na si Yuus Maase! Si Yuus siempre enfanbenendise todos hamyo!
Sr. Katherine Bromwell, MMB
On October 17, 1967, we opened our school under the name of Maria Artero Nursery. It was through the generosity of Maria C. Artero that we acquired the house and property. In gratitude to her, we named the school after her, that is Maria Artero Nursery.
The Sisters who founded Maria Artero nursery are known as the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz (M.M.B.) Our Sisters who passed through Guam to Micronesia in 1946 stayed at Maria Artero's house, as there were no Convents here at that time.
Some years later, Maria fell ill and needed medical attention. While recuperating, she was cared for by our Sisters in Our Lady of Mercy Home, Kansas City, Missouri. After recovering, she decided to return to Guam. She died some months later in 1966. Maria knew we wanted and needed a Convent in Guam, so she willed us her house and property. At this time, Bishop Baumgartner, OFM, Cap., advised us to open a school. In 1968, we had our first graduation, with the children in white caps and gowns. In June 1993, we celebrated our 25th graduation year and some of our graduating youngsters were the children of our first graduates. In 197, Typhoon Pamela destroyed our Convent and the school. That same year, both the Convent and the existing school building were built.
In May of 2003, we incorporated and amended our name to Maria Artero Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten (Maria Artero CPK).
"Who is of the greatest importance in the Kingdom of God?" "I assure you, unless you change and become like little children...Whoever welcomes one such child for my sake welcomes me. See that you do not look down upon a single one of these little children. Their angels in heaven constantly behold my heavenly Father's face." (Mt. 18: 1, 10).
All children have a right to an education in keeping with their abilities, interests, cultures and ultimates goals in life. We provide an integrated approach to education as a total person: that is, a religious, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical formation within a Christian spirit. We offer a complete education program of religious formation , of skills development, creative growth and social integration, with no discrimination on the basis of religion, although, we are a Catholic private school and therefore our teachings are based on the Catholic faith. Nor do we discriminate based on national origin, economic level, and handicap (if with reasonable accomodation the school could meeth the child's special needs).