Three mixed-age classes in three century-old schoolhouses in quaint, historic Abita Springs. Beautiful setting for a beautiful educational experience!
We are a Louisiana State Department of Education approved school for students aged 3 - 12, and we are accredited through the Louisiana Montessori Association. Please review our Curriculum section and our About Montessori section to discover all the wonderful learning opportunities that the Montessori method offers.
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Our goals for students are for them to be compassionate, to gain a sense of themselves and others, and to understand and appreciate diversity. Southern Magnolia Montessori School wants students to be well trained in basic academic disciplines, to fulfill their creative potential, and to gain satisfaction in their emotional, social, and intellectual development. We want students to love learning and to value knowledge, creativity, and hard work. It is our hope that students will be responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and caring members of society.
Mindy Dennis and Valerie Harris, Owners and Directors
Mindy graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002 from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.A. in English Education. She taught 7th grade history at Chalmette Middle School and 10th grade English as well as French II and III at Andrew Jackson Fundamental Magnet High School before pursuing a career in
Montessori education. Mindy worked in the preschool and the primary/kindergarten class at Kinder Haus Montessori in Mandeville and in the primary/kindergarten class at University Montessori School in Hammond while enrolled in the Montessori World Educational Institute teacher education course at Oaks Montessori School in Hammond. She joined the OMS faculty in the 2007-2008 school year as a junior elementary directress and received a Type A elementary certification through the Louisiana Department of Education. After having taught every level, from toddlers to high school seniors, Mindy is thrilled to focus on the social, intellectual, and emotional needs of primary and elementary Montessori students.
Valerie, a Pennsylvania native, received a Bachelors of Science from Marywood College in 1993. After a seven-year stay in Washington D.C., she moved to Louisiana in 2003 and taught at Stepping Stones Montessori in New Orleans for six years. Valerie joined the Oaks Montessori School faculty in the 2009-2010 school year as a junior elementary directress. She received a primary diploma as well as an elementary diploma from M.W.E.I. and has Type A certification through the Louisiana Department of Education. Valerie is an experienced, passionate devotee of the Montessori method and is eager to begin a new phase of her wonderfully successful teaching career.