The Summit Country Day School names new Montessori Director

Lauren Guip and Kathy Scott

New Montessori Director Lauren Guip stands with retiring Montessori Director Kathy Scott. Ms. Guip will assume the Montessori Director role beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

Rich Wilson, Head of School at The Summit Country Day School, announced Friday the promotion of Montessori lead teacher Lauren Guip as Montessori Director beginning in the 2020-21 school year. 

Ms. Guip of Wyoming will replace Kathy Scott, Anderson Township, who announced her retirement. 

“Lauren has worked in our Montessori for the past 11 years,” Mr. Wilson said. “She is a master teacher whose knowledge of the Montessori philosophy and model of teaching is extraordinarily deep. She is an expert in her field.”  

Ms. Guip graduated from Miami University with a journalism major and a Japanese minor and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her master’s degree in Montessori Education is from Xavier University. She previously worked in Summit’s popular Toddler Program and currently is a lead teacher in the 3- to 6-year-old Montessori program.  She has been a speaker in the school’s Early Childhood Symposium and is a member of the Curriculum Leadership Council (CLC), which is leading the faculty forward in developing the character-based leadership and creative problem-solving planks of the school’s strategic plan. She has two young children, who are students in The Summit’s Montessori School. 

“I have enjoyed being a colleague of Lauren’s while in the classroom and have valued her insight over the past four years as we were developing the new initiatives of the school,” said Mrs. Scott. “I am confident that her experience as a classroom teacher and as a leader on the CLC will bring benefit to the Montessori as well as the rest of the Summit community.” 

Kathy and her husband, Kevin, are the parents of two Summit lifers. She has worked in the Montessori for 21 years, the last four as director.  She expanded the Toddler Program down to 18 months from 24 months, added a full-day option for families and added a third Toddler classroom, given strong demand for the program.  She revised the Toddler curriculum to address the needs of these younger students.  She added new events for children and parents designed to build community and introduced the Summer Toddler program, which was very successful.  She opened an additional 3-6-year-old classroom this year to handle the strong demand for that program.  For many years, in addition to being a Montessori lead teacher, she also managed the school’s summer and Extended Day programs, which were very successful under her leadership. 

Feb. 15 is the regular decision deadline to apply for entry to the Montessori program for the 2020-21 school year. Space is limited so families are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Various options for full-, half- and multi-day programs are available for the toddler 18- to 24-month program as well as for the 3- to 6-year-old preschool-kindergarten program. Call 513-871-4700 ext. 261 to request more information or schedule a personal tour.