Stephanie Hicks named director of Montessori

Stephanie Hicks named director of Montessori

Stephanie Hicks has been appointed as the new Montessori School Director at The Summit Country Day School for the 2024-2025 school year. She will succeed Lauren Guip, who is stepping down to spend more time with her family and pursue other opportunities. Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received Montessori teaching credentials from the American Montessori Society.  She joined The Summit in 2020, bringing with her 15 years of teaching experience. Recognized in the community as an exemplary teacher, Stephanie was also awarded The Summit’s highest teaching award in 2022-23, the Schilderink Chair for Distinguished Teaching.  

Kelley Schiess, Head of School says, “The Summit has a legacy of success and an unwavering commitment to the Montessori principles.  Stephanie understands and appreciates The Summit’s tradition of excellence in Montessori education and is eager to build upon that success. Stephanie embraces the spirit of discovery and nurturing each child’s unique potential. She is experienced and passionate about The Summit’s holistic approach in Montessori, blending a strong academic focus with the development of practical life skills, social emotional learning and creative expression across our five pillars. Stephanie believes deeply in the importance of engaging with the broader parent community and is committed to creating a supportive and collaborative partnership.  Stephanie also understands great teaching.”  

In addition to her role at The Summit, Hicks is a course instructor and practicum coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education during the summer, where she trains other teachers in the Montessori philosophy. She is actively involved in professional development through the American Montessori Society and collaborates with her colleagues to enhance student support and optimize learning environments. Hicks and her team have also introduced a Toddler Education series for parents, promoting a mindful approach to parenting and fostering a strong sense of community. 

Hicks says, "My educational philosophy is to create an interactive learning environment that inspires our youngest students to feel safe and confident expressing themselves, exploring academic materials, socializing with peers and teachers, contributing to the classroom community, and growing in independence. Building trusting relationships with parents, collaborating, and sharing about our approach to Montessori education also contributes to an optimal school experience."