Ken has founded three Montessori schools in the last two decades and has 15 years of teaching experience, ranging from very early education to an alternative program for high school students. His primary focus in Montessori has been in primary classrooms (2 1/2 to 6) and lower elementary.
He opened his first school, Midcoast Montessori in Bath, in 1999 and co-directed it until 2007, when he moved to Florida and opened West Orange Montessori School, which continues to thrive today. In 2012 he returned to New England and taught at a K-8 Montessori school in New Hampshire and at a therapeutic wilderness school in the White Mountains founded by veterans of Outward Bound.
Ken is committed to teaching ratios that give children the personal attention they need to develop practical skills, comfort and success within a multi-age group dynamic and the time to take development leaps only as they are ready for them as individuals.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys boating and camping with family, raising dogs and taking on building projects that challenge him, whether that might be creating beautiful, sturdy playground equipment or a renovating a history property in a way that provides maximum modern comfort with respect to the beauty of historic details. He’s always been a person who learns by doing, and as an educator, says every new school year reminds him that when you teach, you elevate your own understanding of the work.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BS
North American Montessori, 2.5 to 6 year-old children
Seacoast Center Montessori Teacher Education Program, 6 to 9 year-old children
Center for Montessori Teacher Education, School of Management Course, Part 15
Jill’s path to opening a Montessori school was paved by her experience of raising a child with autism. She homeschooled her daughter for many years and developed an interest in integrated manual therapy, homeopathy and occupational therapy as she helped Sophie meet multiple challenges, including the possibility that she might never walk. Today Sophie is a graduate of a specialized post secondary program for young adults, lives independently and works part time.
The gift of a child with special needs set Jill on her own educational path, which included studying psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Southern Maine and doing work toward a masters degree in Integrated Manual Therapy. “Taking Sophie to therapies from a very early age helped me to learn other people, to seeing how they learn the world,” Jill says.
Jill completed her early childhood Montessori training through North American Montessori Center in April 2018. She continues to access learning opportunities in Montessori methods. Before opening Brunswick Montessori with Ken, Jill’s career was driven by entrepreneurship and community building. From 2012 until spring of 2017, she ran The Mix in Brunswick, an art supply store that featured work by local Maine makers, from fashion to home goods, and gave Jill the space to also continue her work as a colorist and stylist.
Iris came to us to begin her career as school mascot from New Hampshire in March of 2017. She enjoys being with children, helping them learn about how to care for her and she even leaves the materials on the shelves for the students to discover and work with themselves!
While Iris is not working in the school or Jill's studio, she enjoys running fast, jumping high and retrieving balls.
She looks forward to a long and loving position at Brunswick Montessori!