Those Who Represent FAME

    Donne Ordille

    Timothy Cox

    Jennifer Cox

    Jamey Burns

    Beth Exline

    What is Fame?  


    The Purpose of FAME:

    Friends of Axson Montessori (FAME) was created as a 501c (3), tax-exempt, organization to generate funding for paraprofessionals for J. Allen Axson.

    Why do we need FAME?

    1. The Montessori Method

    • Each teacher is required to be specially trained in the Montessori Method. 
    • The Montessori approach is often described as an “education for life.” In too many traditional schools, students memorize facts and concepts with little understanding. Even the bright students are passive learners. The students want teachers to hand them the “right” answer. 
    • Montessori schools work to develop culturally literate children and nurture their fragile sparks of curiosity, creativity and intelligence. 
    • Montessori students tend to become self-confident, independent thinkers who learn because they are interested in the world and enthusiastic about life. 
    • The Montessori school gives children the sense of belonging to a community and helps them learn how to live with other human beings. They move freely within it, selecting work that captures their interest, rather than participating in teacher selected projects. 

    2. Negative Impact of Class Size Reduction

    • Recently, in Florida, a new law was implemented called the “class size reduction law” 
    • Although this was a very well-intentioned law, the impact on our Montessori classrooms was never considered. 
      • Montessori classrooms are set up to accommodate 25-30 students. 
      • Encompass three age years – for example the elementary class would have approximately 10 first graders, 10 second graders, and 10 third graders. 
      • The classrooms 1 – 2 “paraprofessional” to assist the Montessori prepared lead teacher. 
    • Each classroom will now be limited to 18 students per teacher. 
      • Previously, Pre-primary classes (pre-school which costs $327 /month) generated enough income to support paraprofessionals for all grades. 
      • With the reduction of 63 pre-school students, the school lost over $200,000 in income. 

    3. Negative Impact of Budget Reduction

    • In 2008-2009, the Florida legislature reduced funding for the Duval County Public School by $44 Million. This impacted JAAMS to the tune of a $67,000 reduction. 

    3. Negative Impact of Budget Reduction

    • 2006-2007 Met request for $12,000 to pay for paraprofessionals 
    • 2007-2008 Met request from Principal Renfro for $36,000 
    • 2008-2009 Met request from Principal Renfro for $23,000 
    • 2009-2010 Met request from Principal Renfro for $36,000 
    • 2010-2011
    • 2011-2012 Met request from Principal Renfro for $9,600
    • 2012-2013 Met request from Principal Vanhoy for $24,284
    • 2013-2014 Met request from Principal Vanhoy for $39,212
    • 2014-2015 Met request from Principal Vanhoy for $25,000
    • 2015-2016 Met request from Principal Vanhoy for 
    • 2016-2017 Met request from Principal Vanhoy for 
    • 2017-2018 Met request from Principal Vanhoy for $45,000

    Please make a donation today. Mail donations to:

    FAME Treasurer
    J. Allen Axson Montessori
    4763 Sutton Park Court, Jacksonville, FL 32224

    Donations are tax deductible:
    EIN: 83-0374970
    Corporate Sunbiz #: N05000003088

    Because FAME is parent-powered, you can be certain very little of the money FAME raises goes to advertising and printing costs. FAME must fill out standard DCPS financial reports for every month of the year. FAME also completes yearly reports to the State of Florida to maintain our non-profit status. Our only goal is to raise money to fund paraprofessionals for the school. Please contact your employer’s human resource office to see if they will match funds donated by an employee to a non-profit. FAME could double their donations through your efforts.