Hartsville Montessori announces new owner
The Montessori Day Academy of Hartsville (MDAH) announces Heather Byrd as its new owner and administrator. Byrd will join the MDAH family on June 1, 2018. She has a strong background in administration and is grounded in the development and execution of policy and procedures, which are the cornerstones of any successful school. Byrd shares, "The program at MDAH promotes learning through a psychology-based approach to education that encourages students to explore math, science, language arts, music and the outdoors in an academically stimulating environment at their own pace. As a product of non-traditional education during my elementary years, I'm excited to be sharing this program with the Hartsville community. Together with families, we are going to continue our mission to build a school that meets the needs of all learners and helps all of our children reach their full potential."
Current owner and MDAH founder Terie Rousseau will be working to direct curriculum and education as she transitions from her role as administrator. Rousseau will also continue pursuing National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation and ABC Quality certification on behalf of MDAH, as well as assist in developing curriculum and certifications/trainings for faculty.
Twenty-seven children (ages 6 weeks to 6 years) are now attending the school in three multi-aged classrooms, newly renovated and outfitted with hands-on learning materials that encourage exploration and experimentation emphasized in the Montessori method. Classrooms boast a low student-to-guide ratio, in which teachers are learning guides who foster non-competitive, creative learning environments where students can work and explore at their own pace.
Montessori Day Academy of Hartsville is located at 103 Campus Drive inside St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church and is Hartsville's only Montessori school. The school incorporates the time-tested, research-based, nurturing educational philosophy of Maria Montessori with an emphasis on individualized learning, student independence, and strong family engagement. MDAH intentionally attracts and supports a diverse student and parent body. Before the start of the Summer Semester and in anticipation of the 2018-19 Academic School Year, families will have the opportunity to tour the school and talk with staff at an Open House planned for May 30th.