Heartprints Montessori is a cozy, Montessori preschool school that was founded in 2010. The campus is located at the junction of Broadway Road and College Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. Heartprints has two American Montessori Society certified instructors. All assistant teachers are trained in Montessori methods. A low child-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to focus on the growth and development of each individual student as they progress through a curriculum focused on the following areas:
In addition to the above areas, students take educational field trips and spend time tending to the school gardens in order to learn from the natural world and understand the importance of caring for the environment.
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Lizzie Makalisa-Dennis - Owner and Lead Teacher
Ms. Lizzie was born in Zimbabwe and moved to West Africa after high school. There she obtained a bachelors degree in education from the University of Sierra Leone. She spent the next 30 years teaching high school on the African continent. In 1978, she met and fell in love her future husband, a visiting linguistics teacher from the United States. Ms. Lizzie emigrated to the U.S. 2002 and became a citizen and in 2009.
Her first five years in the U.S. were spent working in a traditional preschool environment until she discovered the Montessori philosophy. Realizing the profound effectiveness of nurturing a child's natural desire to learn, she decided to pursue a career in Montessori education. She received her American Montessori Society certification and training from South Mountain Community College. Ms. Lizzie’s life and experiences have taught her that, as Maria Montessori stated, “It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She first must love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself and truly work at it.”