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.
Here is a brief look at The Summit's Montessori's history.
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.
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.
Montessori moves to the second floor of the Kindergarten Building.
Kindergarten becomes Montessori. Montessori methods are extended into the early grades.
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.
Rosemary Roeding begins teaching.
Joan Hilton begins teaching.
The Summit Primary School opens for grades 1-3.
Phyllis Schueler begins teaching.
Sister Noreen Joyce begins teaching.
Sister Noreen Joyce becomes principal. Mary Brinkmeyer begins teaching.
Sister Mary Motz begins a second stint as principal. Linda Regensberger begins teaching.
Mary Humpert begins teaching.
Linda Regensberger becomes principal.
Karen Pohl begins teaching.
Christmas Play in Kyte Theater for first time. Linda Moeggenberg begins teaching.
3-day program for 3-year-olds begins. Julie Ventura teaches extra-curricular dance program. Martha Twombly begins.
Michele Kaegi begins teaching.
Phyllis Schueler becomes Montessori Program Director.
Noreen Petry begins teaching.
Margaret Prinner begins teaching.
World Language Program begins in kindergarten.
Educating with Character Program begins teaching.
Karen Koch begins teaching.
Anne Chambers, Brian Miller & Julie Ventura begin teaching.
Joan Hilton awarded Schilderink Family Faculty Chair. Kathy Scott begins teaching.
Linda Moeggenberg awarded Schilderink Family Faculty Chair.
Yngrid Thurston begins teaching.
Montessori gets new home when new Lower School opens. Kim Bush & Kyle Wirthwine begin teaching.
Amy Berger & Jane Hackett begin teaching.
Mary Schwietering begins teaching.
Toddler Program begins. 100th anniversary of Maria Montessori’s first school.
First Early Childhood Education Symposium. Lori Meier & Meg Sanders begin teaching.
Mary Humpert awarded Schilderink Family Faculty Chair. Lauren Mahoney begins teaching.
World Language Program expands. Bible Stories begin. Ai Li Brown, Amy McDonald, Jennifer McGrath, Barbara Powers & Caroline Rollins begin teaching.
Toddler Program Expands (2, 3 and 5 days). Lavina Ambani, Katia Palek, Rebecca Penker, Jill Puffer, Meredith Schiff ’02 & Lauren Yarnell begin teaching.
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.
Summit Montessori celebrates 50 years of excellence in Montessori teaching.
Phyllis Schueler retires as Montessori Director. Longtime Montessori teacher Kathy Scott takes her place.