Message from Montessori Kingdom of Learning’s Director
Betsy Schneider, Director
Montessori Kingdom of Learning is located in Peoria, in the northwest metropolitan Phoenix area. We are in a very serene location surrounded by many retirement facilities. We are involved in many inter-generational activities with our children and the elderly. We have a small farm and many gardening areas on our campus. While engaged in outside environment activities the children maintain and care for our plants and animals. Our staff is very dedicated to providing a beautiful environment for our children.
My husband, Jerry and I with much help from our children and grandchildren opened Montessori Kingdom of Learning in August of 1996. The enrollment, that first year was 37 students of which 9 children were family members. We had 1 infant community, 1 toddler community, and 1 primary classroom. Over half of the beginning 13 staff members were family members. In contrast, in the fall of 1999 we opened a new building, added an elementary program and increased our enrollment to 204 students. We have an infant community (8 weeks-16 months), 2 toddler communities (16 months-3 years), 2 AMI Primary classrooms (3-6 year olds), 2 elementary classrooms (1st -3rd grade, 4th-6th grade), and a junior high classroom (12-14 years). We now employ a staff of about 20 people.
My husband Jerry, together with our five sons, sons-in-law, and our eleven grandchildren help maintain the campus. My daughter Suzy, a co-director, is AMI certified at the elementary level and coordinates and teaches in our elementary program. My daughter Tracy is our finance director. She is AMI certified at the infant/toddler level and coordinates our infant/toddler communities. Kristi, my daughter-in-law is AMI certified at the Primary level and works with my niece Tiffani, to coordinate our Primary program. My niece, Tiffani, is AMI certified at the Primary level and teaches in our Primary classroom. Our youngest daughter, Nicole, leads our Infant classroom and two toddler classrooms and also assists within the administration. My son, Butch, is responsible for handyman work all over the school and has built beautiful wood furniture that can be seen in every classroom.
At Montessori Kingdom of Learning, our staff, our children and their parents become an extended family, creating a partnership that provides a nurturing environment in which our children can flourish. Our philosophy has always been, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We love being part of that village for our students.
Montessori Kingdom of Learning
13111 N 94th Drive
Peoria, AZ 85381