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Director/Owner Profile Print E-mail



Ms. Larissa 


As owner of Hilltop Montessori Day School I believe in Best Practices. There is a difference between best practices and perfection. Reaching the academic needs of each child is a challenge that stems from the home into the school and community. Students must engage in effective learning with the earliest opportunities. I believe that we have an excellent teaching staff that came to our school because they can teach in more or less an educational sanctuary from the average. Often times administration and micromanagement trickles down to the classroom level and can negatively impact the learning environment. Teachers at Hilltop Montessori can do what they are hired to do, and that is a wonderful thing. That is the biggest advantage of being family owned and operated in today’s climate.

We believe that children have a natural desire to learn and that our role is to help them discover their world by providing them with a well-equipped curriculum full of enriching experiences. Our primary goal is to offer children the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential in all aspects of personal growth at their own individual rates of development (example … while a student may want to attempt a multiplication work they must first master place value and the concepts of addition and subtraction). Hilltop Montessori School is dedicated to the principles of Montessori education - Individual liberty, preparation of the environment, and committed adults.

My personal educational journey started in the United States Air Force where I earned my  Baccalaureate Degree in Business from the University of Illinois, while serving at Carswell AFB in Fort Worth; which is now the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. After serving 8 years in the USAF and becoming a non-commissioned officer, I moved on to the civilian sector where I managed a Target Store and later a Day Spa off of Camp Bowie Blvd.  In 2002, I came to Hilltop Montessori School not as the owner, but because I wanted to teach. I taught the primary class and really enjoyed my experience which allowed me to gain my directors certification and eventually purchase the school in 2008. “Come and Celebrate our 12th year on the Trail Lake Ave address near the TCU area.”

The following are list of some of my educational credentials:
Texas Department of Protective Regulatory Director’s Certificate
Montessori Training from Southwest Academy through the University of North Texas
ECMI Child-Care Director’s Certificate from First Texas Campfire Council
CPR/1st-AID/AED Qualified
Carnegie Business Training and Development Seminars Graduate

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