Leadership in Early Childhood Education

The Summit was one of Cincinnati's earliest proponents of Montessori education. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the current program in 2013-14, Cincinnati Montessori education actually had its earliest start in a program introduced here by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1925. The Sisters later published Montessori Matters which became a standard for teaching across the country. Today, Summit's Montessori is housed in the Lower School where classrooms were designed and materials carefully selected for Montessori teaching. Please explore our website to find out more about the Montessori, the history of The Summit and these special programs: the Toddler Program, World Language, Orff Schulwerk music education, the Enrichment Program, the Character Education Program and  the Early Childhood Education Symposium

MONTESSORI HISTORY

Here is a brief look at The Summit's Montessori's history.

1925
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur begin to explore Montessori methods at The Summit as early as 1923. In 1924, Sisters Josephine Mary and Marie Angela tour several European Montessori schools, including Dowanhill in Glasgow, Scotland, where the Sisters  had published A Scottish Montessori School. They return to Cincinnati with the vision of establishing a full-scale Montessori. In January 1925, they open The Alpha, a two-story building designed and equipped to be a Montessori school for grades 1-6. A number of factors take their toll on early Montessori efforts across the U.S. and children here are integrated back into traditional classes.



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1963
The Summit opens the Montessori Program under direction of Sister Mary Motz and Sister Jane Thomas [now Jane (Bunker) Jones ’58]. Sister Mary Motz serves as principal until 1974. These two pioneering women in Cincinnati Montessori education go on to train other teachers in the Montessori method and help open more Montessori schools in Cincinnati, the Midwest and the East.
1964
Montessori moves to the second floor of the Kindergarten Building.
1965
Kindergarten becomes Montessori. Montessori methods are extended into the early grades. 
1967
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur publish Montessori Matters. The Summit's Montessori school begins a tradition as a training ground for student teachers from Xavier University. 
1968
Rosemary Roeding begins teaching.
1969
Joan Hilton begins teaching.
1970
The Summit Primary School opens for grades 1-3.
1971
Phyllis Schueler begins teaching.
1973
Sister Noreen Joyce begins teaching.
1974
Sister Noreen Joyce becomes principal. Mary Brinkmeyer begins teaching.
1977
Sister Mary Motz begins a second stint as principal. Linda Regensberger begins teaching.
1978
Mary Humpert begins teaching.
1979
Linda Regensberger becomes principal.
1982
Karen Pohl begins teaching.
1985
Christmas Play in Kyte Theater for first time. Linda Moeggenberg begins teaching.
1986
3-day program for 3-year-olds begins. Julie Ventura teaches extra-curricular dance program. Martha Twombly begins.
1987
Michele Kaegi begins teaching.
1989
Phyllis Schueler becomes Montessori Program Director.
1991 
Noreen Petry begins teaching.
1993
Margaret Prinner begins teaching.
1994
World Language Program begins in kindergarten.
1995
Educating with Character Program begins teaching.
1996
Karen Koch begins teaching.
1998
Anne Chambers, Brian Miller & Julie Ventura begin teaching.
1999
Joan Hilton awarded Schilderink Family Faculty Chair. Kathy Scott begins teaching.
2000
Linda Moeggenberg awarded Schilderink Family Faculty Chair.
2001
Yngrid Thurston begins teaching.
2004
Montessori gets new home when new Lower School opens. Kim Bush & Kyle Wirthwine begin teaching.
2005
Amy Berger & Jane Hackett begin teaching.
2006
Mary Schwietering begins teaching.
2007
Toddler Program begins. 100th anniversary of Maria Montessori’s first school.
2008
First Early Childhood Education Symposium. Lori Meier & Meg Sanders begin teaching. 
2009
Mary Humpert awarded Schilderink Family Faculty Chair. Lauren Mahoney begins teaching.
2010
World Language Program expands. Bible Stories begin. Ai Li Brown, Amy McDonald, Jennifer McGrath, Barbara Powers & Caroline Rollins begin teaching.
2011
Toddler Program Expands (2, 3 and 5 days). Lavina Ambani, Katia Palek, Rebecca Penker, Jill Puffer, Meredith Schiff ’02 & Lauren Yarnell begin teaching.
2012
An enhanced Character Education Program curriculum begins and "kindness" becomes the trait embedded in the curriculum for Montessori children. Fourth class of Extended Early Enrichment begins. Fifth Annual Early Childhood Education Symposium. Michelle Blake & Mary Walsh begin teaching.
2013
Summit Montessori celebrates 50 years of excellence in Montessori teaching.
2016 
Phyllis Schueler retires as Montessori Director. Longtime Montessori teacher Kathy Scott takes her place.