History and Growth
In 2003, in Ammon, Idaho, Mrs. Laurie A. Roth began teaching students in a classroom she had set-up in her home. In 2005, she founded Lighthouse Montessori School and moved into a separate, larger building to accommodate more students. In 2007, the Toddler program was added. A Lower Elementary classroom was added in 2008 and an Upper Elementary program was added in 2009. Each year Lighthouse Montessori has seen considerable growth and retention of its student base. To accommodate its growing population, Lighthouse Montessori is looking forward to building a new facility in the next couple of years.
Lighthouse Montessori School's Director, Mrs. Laurie A. Roth, has extensive experience in Montessori Education and is one of the leading Montessori authorities in Idaho. Laurie earned her degree in early childhood education from Vancouver University. Additionally, she received her American Montessori Society 3-6 level certificate from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, Illinois. She continued her education at the 6-9 level in Los Alamos, New Mexico and 9-12 training in San Diego, California.
Mrs. Roth has taught in the classroom and been involved in school administration for over 30 years. She is currently teaching the elementary class as well as conducting Montessori teacher training for adults. Mrs. Roth has six children, four of which attended Montessori schools, three attended from age 3 until 6th grade.
|We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.|