Our Story

We started the way most preschools start, with two students, in one classroom, and a shared vision for the future of education. Inspired by the Montessori centenary, which we celebrated in 2007 with the opening of Adelaide Montessori Thebarton, we were animated by the insights of Montessori. Growing slowly allowed us the opportunity to focus on what matters most: offering children a singular environment to explore their interests and grow as learners.

Our mission is to offer an authentic Montessori education, based on the principles, methods, and activities of Maria Montessori. We take seriously the notion that everyone learns differently and at their own pace, and understand that there cannot be only one way to learn, any more than there can be only one way to teach. We also believe, as Montessori says, that children are the promise and hope for mankind, and that these foundations are the building blocks of life.

Our founders are Elsa Sottile and Anna Standish who have a simple motto, one that encapsulates their life’s work: “Do what you love, love what you do.” It’s also a Montessori principle. If you follow your interests, you’re more likely to succeed, and to be passionate about your profession. Actually, it won’t seem like work, it’ll just seem like play. Surprisingly, perhaps, but that’s how all Montessori House students learn. Through exploration, concentration, and practice, they develop the confidence needed to pursue their ambitions.