Parker-Chase Teacher Wins Prestigious Award and Talks About the Teachers Who Inspired Her

Quinecia Styles Smith’s education journey began with a roadblock that might have discouraged her from pursuing an education. But today, she is an award-winning teacher at Parker-Chase Preschool in North Peachtree City, Georgia after the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning named her as a Scholar of the Year.

The award, which is in its 20th year and includes a cash prize supported by the Georgia Foundation for Early Care + Learning (GFECL), recognizes outstanding college students enrolled in an early childhood education program who simultaneously work in education.

“When you are a teacher by day and scholar by night, it can be challenging to achieve the right balance,” said Carrie Ashbee, Executive Director of the GFECL. “We hope these awards are a small way of recognizing the amazing commitment and dedication these early education professionals have to their students and families, both now and in the future.”

For Quinecia, the award was both an honor and a reminder of how she became a teacher.

‘You Can Do It!’

When Quinecia started kindergarten, she had a speech impediment that made it difficult to express words.

“The words would just come out jumbled and sometimes blended with each other,” Quinecia explained.

At her kindergarten outside Atlanta, officials put her in a special needs class and gave her an individualized education plan (IEP). Her first experience in school was already becoming more about what her limits were, rather than what her potential could be. But that started to change when she met the first of three teachers who would transform her life.

Kim Stegall was a speech teacher who worked closely with Styles-Smith when she was 5 and 6. Through encouragement and positivity, Quinecia’s speech began to improve. Most importantly, she was gaining confidence and knew that she could make progress.

“She really invested time in me and made the effort to help,” Quinecia said.

When Quinecia reached the third grade, her speech issues persisted. But she met the second teacher who make change her life: Vicky Cash.

“She always told me ‘You can talk! You have so much potential, you just have to work hard.’” Quinecia recalled.

Ms. Cash was right because Quinecia quickly excelled. By the 6th grade, she tested into her school’s gifted program. And by high school, she had overcome her speech issues so well that she was in her school’s thespian club, performing dramatic monologues in front of live audiences. By the time she graduated – with honors – Quinecia was even considering an acting career.

‘Change the Stars’

But then the third teacher made an impact: Jeff Roper.

Mr. Roper, one of Quinecia’s high school teachers, always encouraged students to do things that would help others and change the world.

“He would say look for ways that would change the stars to make somebody’s life better,” Quinecia said. “I realized that it was teachers who made me feel important, validated, and empowered. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a teacher.”

Today, “Miss Nene” as her children know her, is the lead teacher for 3 and 4-year-olds at Parker-Chase Preschool in North Peachtree City, one of Endeavor Schools’ newest campuses. She has been teaching for eight years and is studying at West Georgia Technical College with plans to specialize in inclusion therapy, so she can help children who have similar circumstances to her while growing up.

“I want to be the one who children look back on and remember as somebody who changed their stars,” she said.

The Endeavor Schools team has no doubts she will do just that.

“We are so honored to work with a teacher like Nene who is devoted to each child and actually sees their potential,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth and Experience Officer at Endeavor Schools. “She is an incredible teacher who is an inspiration to our community. She truly deserves this honor, and we are so proud of her and her achievements.”

For Quinecia, the award is an honor, but it’s also a reminder about the necessity of hard work.

“It means that I have to continue doing everything I’ve always done to get to this point,” she said. “I want to try harder and be more motivated to reach the next level. My next goal is to pave the way for my students to accomplish the same kinds of things. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s also really special.”


Endeavor Schools Acquires Heritage Montessori, One of the First Montessori Schools in the U.S.

Endeavor Schools is proud to announce the acquisition of Heritage Montessori, a trio of traditional Montessori schools in Southern California with a rich history that goes all the way back to Dr. Maria Montessori herself.

Heritage Montessori was founded in 1962 by Qudsia Roston, whose mother, Maria Peerzada, was a teaching student in Dr. Montessori’s first training class in India during the 1930s. As a child, Roston was one of Dr. Montessori’s pupils during the time the renowned pedagogist was conducting research for her book, “The Absorbent Mind.”

Roston went on to become an influential Montessori educator and founded Heritage Montessori, one of the first Montessori schools in the United States. Today, Heritage Montessori has three locations, including Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, and Newport-Mesa. All three campuses are beautifully designed to enhance the Montessori experience for children up to third grade, and the staff at each school consists of highly trained Montessori guides who are passionate about children’s education.

“The Heritage Montessori schools perfectly embody our mission, which is to provide children with a stellar education that helps them grow in all facets of life,” said Endeavor Schools CEO, Ricardo Campo. “The schools have a rich history and impressive track record that highlight the talent and dedication of their amazing staff.”

Heritage Montessori will continue to be led by Executive Director Dr. Alexandra Magliarditi, a trained Montessorian who started as an assistant teacher at Heritage in 2013.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Endeavor Schools family,” Dr. Magliarditi said. “Endeavor Schools understands the benefits of a Montessori education and we are looking forward to working with their team to continue providing children with a superior education inspired by Dr. Montessori’s philosophy.”

With the addition of Heritage Montessori’s three campuses, Endeavor Schools now owns and operates 64 schools across the United States as the company continues to provide innovative, high-quality education programs to children of all ages across the nation.

To learn more about Heritage Montessori and its fascinating history, visit

How Our Dallas-area Teachers Beat the ‘Texas Freeze’ with Dedication and Teamwork

Thristina Courtney, the School Leader at Parker-Chase Plano.

With summer temperatures now scorching the country, the Texas Freeze seems like a distant memory to some. But back in February, the sudden shock of extremely cold temperatures in Texas wreaked havoc across the state, causing damage to thousands of schools, some of which have yet to recover.

Two of our own schools were shut down for three months: Parker-Chase Preschools in Plano and Carrollton. Those schools are now fully re-open, but some of our Dallas-area teachers recently reflected on how they managed to handle the crisis and continue providing children with education by working together as a unified team.

“I was amazed at how the schools pulled together during this time to continue providing care to the children and families we serve,” said Cheryl Partida, the Regional Director of Operations in Texas for Endeavor Schools.

The Texas Freeze was a wintry rampage. Wind turbines froze, causing millions to lose power. Pipes burst, causing flooding in thousands of buildings. And authorities later found that nearly 200 people lost their lives, mostly from hypothermia.

By February 14, millions of Texans were dealing with the Freeze’s effects. And Thristina Courtney, the school leader at Parker-Chase Preschool in Plano, rushed to her school to check its status and rescue Steve, the classroom pet turtle.

Steve was just fine. But the school was not. What happened in thousands of schools across the state also happened at Parker-Chase Preschool in Plano: The power was out, and busted water pipes caused flooding. Surveying the damage, Courtney’s heart sank.

“Our school has always been so lovely and bright,” she said. “But now it was dark and just lost.”

Before students could return to the building, all damage had to be repaired. Immediately, Courtney looked for a way to provide education and childcare for her 82 children.

Focusing on the Children’s Well-being

Barb Sagehorn, the School Leader at Carpe Diem Private Preschool in Frisco

Working with the Endeavor Schools’ support team, Courtney arranged for all the children and her staff members to be temporarily transferred to Carpe Diem Private Preschool in Allen, located about nine miles north. Hers wasn’t the only Endeavor school that had to be temporarily moved to a new location. Parker-Chase Preschool in Carrollton had to be moved to Carpe Diem Private Preschool in Frisco (Endeavor Schools has a total of 11 schools in Texas, including six in the Dallas area. Fortunately, only two schools had to be moved to temporary locations after the Texas Freeze).

But doing so wasn’t easy. Even though the distance between the two schools was just a few miles, the logistics of getting dozens of families to “move” to a new school was challenging. From communicating to and ensuring families about the move to adhering to state preschool standards and Covid guidelines, Courtney and the Carpe Diem team had to do something they never did before. But instead of buckling under the stress, they worked through it.

There are four Carpe Diem Private Preschools in the Dallas area: Allen, Frisco, Richardson and Southlake. Although each employee works for the same company, their work rarely overlaps because each school serves a different community. That all changed when four schools had to be temporarily combined into two.

With the student population of four schools rolled into two campuses, there were many challenges, such as communicating with parents about the changes, maintaining separate classrooms and entrances for the students, making sure enough supplies were available, re-arranging school day schedules, and much more.

Preschool employees’ days can be difficult enough, but this was different. Nevertheless, the school staff at Endeavor’s six Dallas-area schools were up to the extra challenges by focusing on a common goal: providing care and education to children.

“We really grew closer as a team by getting to know each other and helping each other out,” Courtney said. “We all care very much about our children and that brought us together and helped us overcome all the challenges that were in front of us.”

Barb Sagehorn, the school leader at Carpe Diem Private Preschool in Frisco, which played host to Parker-Case Preschool of Carrollton, praised all the teachers who made it possible to continue giving care and education to almost 200 students.

“It wasn’t easy, but our teachers are professionals who know how to adapt,” she said. “They were focused, resilient, and took great care of their children during a difficult time.”

Repairing the Damage and Moving Forward

Ken Jones, the Vice President of Facilities and Security at Endeavor Schools

The teachers at the Dallas-area schools weren’t the only ones tasked with challenges. Ken Jones, the Vice President of Facilities and Security at Endeavor Schools, had to act quickly to fully repair the damaged schools.

Based in Atlanta, Jones immediately went to Dallas to oversee the emergency response to get the schools up and running as soon as possible. However, there was a severe lack of labor and materials in Texas at the time. To get the job done, Jones flew in a team from Atlanta and brought in materials from around the country.

“The best decision we made was not to wait in line for local mitigation and construction companies to free up to respond to our massive loss,” Jones said. “A mitigation and construction team that we have a longstanding relationship traveled 800 miles with tractor trailers full of tools and construction supplies from Georgia. Their support and expertise were critical in helping restore our schools to reopen for our staff and families. We learned that valuing vendors as our true partners and treating them with grace, courtesy, and respect creates longstanding bonds that are there for you when you need your partners most.”

The Texas Freeze caused close to $300 billion in damage across the state, according to a study by the University of Houston’s School of Public Affairs. Our schools weren’t spared from the Texas Freeze, but in a little more than three months, all of our Texas schools were back to normal. And due to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of Endeavor’s teachers, children and their families were able to continue receiving high-quality care and education without missing a beat.

“We really love what we do, and we love our children,” Courtney said. “Now we’re able to continue doing so knowing that we have a support network – through each other and through Endeavor Schools – that will always be there for us when we need it.”


Endeavor Schools Adds Ninth School to Atlanta Metro Area: Parker-Chase Preschool in North Peachtree City

Endeavor Schools continues to expand its Atlanta area presence with another addition to its fast-growing network of high-quality schools.

The Miami-based education management company recently finalized its acquisition of the former Kids ‘R’ Kids location in North Peachtree City, located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta. The school will be rebranded as Parker-Chase Preschool, which is one of Endeavor’s most successful and respected brands with several locations in Georgia and Texas.

Endeavor Schools now owns and operates nine schools in the Atlanta area, including three Parker-Chase schools.

The newest Parker-Chase already has a solid reputation in the community because of its talented, dedicated staff and beautiful facilities. Endeavor Schools will continue to enhance that excellence to ensure that the North Peachtree City community will always have high-quality education available for young children.

The North Peachtree City Parker-Chase school will provide childcare and education for children at the infant stage through pre-kindergarten. In addition to exceeding all Georgia state education standards, the new Parker-Chase school will continue its use of the highly regarded Creative Curriculum, which supports learning and development through play and the creation of rich, nurturing environments.

“We are very excited to bring the Parker-Chase mission to Peachtree City and look forward to working with the school’s tenured, dedicated staff. The school has such a deep connection to the community and has provided excellent support over the years,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth and Experience Officer at Endeavor Schools. “We will continue to strengthen that bond by maintaining NAEYC accreditation and providing children with a high-quality, innovative education in a safe, loving environment.”

The new Parker-Chase school contains an elegant, 12,000-square foot facility and is located on a nearly 2-acre lot with secure outdoor play areas. The location is ideal for North Peachtree City residents with its proximity to Joel Cowan Parkway.

“Adding this location was important to us because we want to show our commitment to serving Atlanta area residents by giving families the best in early childhood education in as many locations as possible,” said Endeavor Schools CEO, Ricardo Campo. “We welcome our new students, families and employees and look forward to serving them for many years to come.”

Endeavor Schools has added seven schools thus far in 2021 and plans to add several more by year-end. As one of the leading education management companies in the United States with more than 60 schools, the company is committed to bringing high-quality private education to all areas of the country.


EY Announces Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo as an Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Florida Award Finalist

Ernst & Young LLP has announced that Ricardo Campo, the CEO of Endeavor Schools, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Florida Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond.

Campo was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021 and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.

During a time when schools were shuttered across the country, Endeavor Schools remained open by enforcing the highest safety standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health departments. Throughout the 2020 pandemic, Endeavor Schools served as a lifeline for frontline workers who needed childcare so that they can help their communities during that difficult time.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as a finalist for this award and a reflection of the incredible hard work of our employees,” Campo said. “The past year has brought obvious challenges, yet our team has not only persevered, but exceled to provide high-quality education for children across the country. I’m so proud of our students, teachers, and support team, for the grit they have all demonstrated. I’d also like to congratulate my fellow nominees on all of their hard work and success.”

Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America.

In Florida, sponsors also include Premium sponsor PNC Bank and Supporting sponsors DLA Piper LLP and Donnelly Financial Solutions.

About Entrepreneur of the Year®

Entrepreneur of the Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur of the Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ title.

Endeavor Schools Reaches 60 School Milestone with Latest Acquisition

Endeavor Schools has achieved another milestone by acquiring its 60th school. The newest addition to the Endeavor Schools family is the Loudoun School for Advanced Studies (LSAS), a private middle and high school in Ashburn, Virginia, that seeks to engage and challenge young minds with real-world problems in a learning environment that promotes curiosity, self-reliance and citizenship.

With 60 schools in 13 states, Endeavor Schools is further cementing its status as one of the fastest-growing education companies in the country. The acquisition of LSAS comes just weeks after the company announced new preschool acquisitions in Colorado and Georgia. So far in 2021, Endeavor Schools has increased its school portfolio with six new schools. During that time, Inc. Magazine ranked Miami-based Endeavor Schools as the fastest-growing educational company in Florida.

After the LSAS acquisition, Endeavor Schools owns and operates two high schools for advanced students. The company’s first high school is Endeavor International School in Atlanta, which offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Endeavor Schools’ diverse 60-school portfolio now includes high schools for advanced students, Montessori schools, early childhood education, STEM-focused elementary schools and more. The company is embracing the idea that there are many ways to provide a superior education for young learners.

“When our company was founded in 2012, our goal was to provide children with the best education possible so that they have the tools to thrive,” said Ricardo Campo, the CEO of Endeavor Schools. “With our incredible teachers across the country, we are accomplishing that goal every day. Reaching this new milestone is a testament to their skill and professionalism.”

LSAS was founded in 2008 in Ashburn, Virginia, located about 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. The school focuses on developing students’ strength and confidence by creating an open and welcoming environment that promotes intellectual curiosity. With its stellar faculty and innovative curriculum, the school has achieved great success. In 2018, 100 percent of its students passed Advanced Placement exams, and in 2019, 18 percent of students were recognized as National Merit Scholars.

“The faculty at Loudoun School for Advanced Studies has an impressive track record of bringing out the best in students,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth and Experience Officer for Endeavor Schools. “Their credentials, dedication, and passion for teaching are extraordinary and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to provide students with an outstanding education.”








Endeavor Schools Expands to Colorado with 3 New Acquisitions

The Academy Early Childhood Education School in Arvada and Westminster, Colorado, is one of the latest schools to join the Endeavor Schools family.

Endeavor Schools, one of the nation’s fastest-growing education management companies, has expanded to Colorado with the acquisition of two preschools in the Denver metropolitan area.

The new schools include The Academy Early Childhood Education Center’s two locations in Arvada and Westminster, and the Parker Landing Child Development Center in Parker. With these new additions, Endeavor Schools is now operating 59 schools in 13 states with plans for more expansion this year.

“The Academy Early Childhood Education Schools and the Parker Landing School are excellent locations that have built solid reputations in their communities,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth & Experience Officer of Endeavor Schools. “When we looked to expand in Colorado, we sought schools with high-quality academics and talented, dedicated teachers who are passionate about children’s education. These schools exceed those requirements and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them and their tenured, gifted leadership teams.”

Parker Landing’s excellent program includes a focus on all aspects of a child’s growth, including intellectual, physical and social development, while The Academy offers an innovative curriculum through discovery-oriented learning. Both schools have long track records of providing the kind of high-quality, academic-rich education that Endeavor Schools is known for.

The campuses of both schools are designed to enhance the early childhood education experience with inspiration and safety with modern, state-of-the-art educational facilities and play areas. In addition, each campus is conveniently located for families in the surrounding areas.

The Academy and Parker Landing will continue providing excellent education programs with their talented teaching staff members. Endeavor Schools will enhance the schools with its nationwide support network in academics, information technology, human resources, and marketing.

For Endeavor Schools, expanding to Colorado is another example of the company’s impressive growth during the first half of 2021. Earlier this year, Endeavor Schools added two new locations in Atlanta.

In March, Inc. Magazine ranked Endeavor Schools as one of the fastest-growing companies in Florida with 61 percent growth over the past two years.

“Our growth strategy is to partner with schools that exhibit excellence and passion in all aspects of children’s education, so that we can help them continue serving families in their communities,” said Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo. “We have been fortunate to work with so many great schools and look forward to creating new partnerships around the country.”

Endeavor Schools Ranked Fastest-Growing Private School and Early Childhood Education Company in Florida by Inc. Magazine

Inc. magazine this month revealed that Endeavor Schools ranked as the fastest-growing private school and early childhood education company in Florida with 61 percent growth over the past two years. Overall, Endeavor ranked 185 out of 5000 private companies based in the Sunshine State.

The Inc. magazine list is a highly regarded ranking of the fastest-growing Florida-based private companies. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Florida economy.

“With our amazing team, especially our heroic teachers, Endeavor Schools is more focused than ever on providing children with the best education and care,” said Endeavor Schools CEO, Ricardo Campo. “We are very proud to be ranked so highly on the Inc. magazine list and look forward to continuing our growth and helping parents realize their educational goals for their children.”

Between 2017 and 2019, Endeavor Schools expanded its national presence with new school acquisitions in several states, including Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina, and California.

During this time of impressive growth, Endeavor Schools was named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing companies nationwide in 2018. Since then, Endeavor Schools has continued growing and will announce several new acquisitions during 2021.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: Florida, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at

“This list proves the power of companies in Florida no matter the industry,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The impressive revenues and growth rates prove the insight and diligence of CEOs and that these businesses are here to stay.”

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals


The 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2017 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

About Inc. Media

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Why a Customized Employer-Sponsored Childcare Program is the Best Choice to Meet Companies’ Childcare Needs


The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare industry, causing available childcare slots to drop drastically across the country. According to a survey from the Bipartisan Policy Center and MorningConsult, more than 40 percent of parents have said that their regular childcare provider has closed temporarily or permanently. This has put a great burden on working parents who rely on professional childcare providers so that they can pursue their careers while knowing their children are safe.

Endeavor’s employer-sponsored childcare programs can relieve that burden. 

By offering employees a consistent, reliable, and professional childcare program, employers provide a benefit that assures safety and peace of mind not only for their employees but their families, as well. However, finding a provider that meets all of a company’s needs can be difficult.  From daily schedules, the ages of children served, to the education and care preferences of individual employees, it’s vital that the program employers choose is customized to the unique needs of their families.

With Endeavor’s Employer-Sponsored Childcare Program, we provide employers with a service that allows them to have a program designed specifically for their employees’ needs while balancing their budgetary constraints. Most importantly, we operate the childcare program with experienced childcare and management professionals.

Certainty and Confidence

With so much upheaval in the childcare industry, a program specifically for one company ensures that employees have the confidence that their childcare needs will be met each day. Whether the employee is working at home or in the office, they will be able to remain focused on their work knowing that their children are in the care of trusted childcare professionals.

Designed to Meet Employees’ Needs

Most employer-sponsored childcare programs force companies to fit into an already existing program structure. That’s not efficient and doesn’t meet the unique challenges of each employer. For a childcare program to best benefit a company, it should be designed to fit the needs of the employer and their employees. We focus on all aspects of the program to create customized solutions that fit the work and lifestyle of each company’s community.

Our experienced childcare management professionals take the time to understand what program works best for each company by completing a Childcare Needs Assessment Survey. Through this research process, we are able to develop a uniquely optimized program.

Reflecting Company’s Culture

We design employer-sponsored childcare programs to reflect the company’s culture. These are not cookie-cutter solutions.  We realize that the culture employers create is something special that company leaders have worked hard to create. As part of the development process, we weave the company’s ideals into the childcare program. This upholds the values and spirit of the company while providing a seamless transition to make the childcare program a part of everyday life for employees.

Budget and Flexibility

By developing a program specifically for the company, we have the ability to adhere to the agreed-upon budget that companies allocate for their childcare program. We also understand that employers needs evolve.  Our employer-sponsored model allows us to work as a strategic partner to help address any programmatic changes – such as curriculum requests, service offerings, ages and mix of children served, organic food offerings, or changes to hours of operation.

For more information on our employer-sponsored programs, read about our 6-step process.


Endeavor Schools Launches ‘Hybrid’ Montessori Training Program for Working Teachers

Providing professional development opportunities for our teachers is a core asset of our company. And with our Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program, we provide full-time teachers with the opportunity to learn the Montessori method through a program designed to fit their schedules and needs.

Led by Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools, the Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program (MOATEP) focuses on principles created by Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of the teaching method that bears her name. This includes developing the prepared environment and instilling a deep respect for children and sensitivity to their various learning styles. By the end of the program, teachers have a solid understanding of the Montessori method and gain experience in applying them in the classroom.

To fit the schedules of working teachers, the program will include online learning modules, combined with an intensive, in-person summer residency program in Portland, Oregon.

“MOATEP is such a special training program for educators who want to become credentialed Montessori teachers,” Lanou said. “The accessibility for working adults is a cornerstone of our program format.”

Caleb McGuigan, a primary (ages 3 to 6) teacher at Montessori of Alameda in Portland, is one of the first participants in the program and has already began utilizing what he has learned into his classroom.

“Lee does an amazing job of making the subject matter very approachable and understandable,” McGuigan said. “Even after a short period of time I feel as though I’ve been able to grow personally and professionally thanks to Lee and the opportunity to be part of the cohort.”

Combining Two Schools of Montessori Philosophy

Another major feature of MOATEP is that teachers will earn a Montessori teaching credential from the American Montessori Society, but they will also be trained in two schools of Montessori methodology: AMS and Association Montessori International (AMI).

Lanou holds from both AMS and AMI, which gives her the unique expertise to combine best practices from both training methods and implement them into MOATEP’s curriculum. In addition, the MOATEP faculty will include additional instructors trained in one of the two methods.

“What this means for the adult learners is that our program dives incredibly deep into the Montessori theory and philosophy, which the AMI training is known for,” Lanou said. “Understanding the ‘why’ behind what we do as Montessori teachers helps us to be able to offer the children a more thoughtful and powerful educational experience.”

The MOATEP curriculum also contains the ingenuity and creativity that AMS training is recognized for.

“Combined together, this allows teachers to become thoroughly transformed in the training process so that they can best serve the children, which is our primary goal,” Lanou said.

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

 With MOATEP, Endeavor Schools plans on contributing to the next generation of Montessori teachers, who will be responsible for guiding the next generation of students.

 By teaching teachers, we can positively impact a larger number of children, which continues to grow exponentially,” Lanou said. “And to be able to give as many young children the opportunity to experience a Montessori education as possible, is vital to creating a humanity which will help to heal our world and create a better future.”

For participants like McGuigan, the benefits of MOATEP are clear.

“If you can dedicate personal time to the program, you should be able to thrive as an educator,” he said.

 Program Details

  • MOATEP tuition is free for Endeavor Schools teachers.
  • The hybrid online and in-person program currently focuses on training teachers for the early childhood stage (ages 3 to 6).
  • The infants and toddlers program (for children under 3) will be conducted fully in residence during Summer 2021.
  • Both programs include comprehensive curriculum includes the full Montessori methodology of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Studies.
  • Participants complete coursework in child development, observation techniques, effective record keeping, classroom management, healthy parent communication, effective administration, and much more.

Endeavor Schools also has plans to expand the program after the inaugural year to include a hybrid program for infant and toddler training, and to bring the residency training to other cities, including the company’s major hubs of Atlanta and Minneapolis.

For more details on the Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program and how to apply, visit the program’s website at