Mrs. Kathleen Scott
Kathy Scott is Montessori Director. She began teaching in Summit's Montessori in 1999. In 2016-17, she took leadership of The Summit's well-established Montessori pre-school program which started in 1963. The program is one of a few in Greater Cincinnati applying the Montessori philosophy to children as young as two. Mrs. Scott designed the Early Enrichment Program for 3- and 4-year-olds, which provides in-depth exploration of topics such as geography, anatomy and biomes. In 2007, she also became the coordinator of Summer Exploration, initiating Montessori summer classes for ages three to six, creating a day camp program for ages three to eight, broadening the curriculum in educational and enrichment summer classes and maintaining a wide variety of sports camps for age three to 18. In 2009, she took over administration of Before Care, Extended Day and After School Specials, improving enrichment opportunities after school and beginning Homework Start. She has been a leader in developing professional development opportunities for faculty and has facilitated the Ohio Praxis Entry Year program for many years. She has a Master of Education in Early Childhood with Montessori three-to-six certification through Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Webster University in St. Louis. She and her husband, Kevin, sent their children, Gabe '12 and Brianna '11, to The Summit. Contact her via email or call (513) 871-4700 ext. 235.
Year Started at The Summit: 1999
Degrees: A.S.N., Nursing, Otterbein College; B.S.N., Nursing, Webster University; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Xavier University; A.M.S., Montessori Education, Xavier University.
Philosophy: My teaching philosophy stems from the belief that children should be allowed to explore our world in a fun and exciting environment and to provide as many experiences as possible. I like to open the world up to our children while having an understanding of the roles and responsibilities in life. Currently, I am a lead teacher in an Early Enrichment classroom. I am intrigued by current brain based research on how children learn best and I implement those finds in my teaching style and curriculum. I believe children should know that we are responsible to and for each other as reflected in the teachings of Christ.
Personal: My husband and I were transferred to Cincinnati with his job and our realtor suggested The Summit Country Day School. We placed our two young children, Brianna and Gabriel, in the Montessori school. When I saw what they were learning I was very impressed. I began to substitute in the Montessori and after one year decided that I wanted to go back to school to get a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Montessori learning. I was intrigued by the level of dedication and creative expression in education. I was also impressed with the children I knew who attended The Summit, and the level of maturity and knowledge they possessed.
I have been very involved with my parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Anderson Township. I am a member of the Praise Band that provides Mass music at the 6 p.m. Mass each 1st and 3rd Sunday. I enjoy reading, sewing, and scrapbooking in my ‘spare’ time.