WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!
With Mrs. Dee and Mr. Richards
Making a choice about childcare is a very difficult one. That's why at Growing Hearts, we try to make it as easy as possible. We aren't only owners, but teachers and parents too! Seeing the whole picture makes it easy to create a school that's clean and educationally sound. Our school started off with a vision:
To foster a life-long love of learning through teaching, demonstrating the interconnection of all life, and to promote value of the whole through the development of individual potential.
We are proud to be one of Jefferson City's finest. Our years of experience, dedicated staff, and creative Montessori curriculum is what makes Growing Hearts such a wonderful place to call home.
Owner & Director
A graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a major in elementary education, Jason Richards has a passion for education. Mr. Richards is devoted to the success of every student and focuses on how little ones retain information. He has a deep understanding that we all learn and develop differently, and embraces the challenge each new student presents.
Owner & Head of Curriculum
With ten years of experience in the field of Montessori, Diyanira Richards knows a thing or two about how to be effective in the classroom. Mrs. Dee has a special knack for helping all students of all ages learn how they learn best. With her strong background in Montessori and Bilingual knowledge, she is a truly a master of her craft.
Toddler Montessori Teacher
A mother of four beautiful children herself, Mrs. Abbott's warmth resonates throughout our Toddler Montessori Room. Her devotion to her students and development of our Montessori craft make her a true teacher, daily engaging and motivating her students. You would never know that her classroom is full of toddlers, as she develops them in to respectful Montessori students.
Primary 1 Montessori Teacher
A recent graduate of MU, Ms. Arnett has become quite the Montessori teacher from her experiences with GHMS. Stepping in to her room leaves you feeling peaceful and calm, allowing for easy focus on the many materials abound. She is excellent at using modern techniques to creatively expand common Montessori lessons as to reach each student uniquely.
Primary 2 Montessori Teacher
Ms. Hawkins uses her artistic talent to make her classroom truly shine. She is determined to help each of her many students advance as far as possible, as her class is the final stage in the GHMS journey. Her students engage daily in the five areas, and focus on refining skills while providing order to the classroom around them.
Early Primary Montessori Teacher
Born and raised in Nicaragua, Mrs. Buitrago brings her love of Montessori education and Spanish language mastery to Growing Hearts. Her students begin to engage in the intricacies of our educational program, and Mrs. Buitrago is an excellent liaison for them. Her patience and peacefulness makes her classroom a pleasure to be a part of as she ushers students through the foundation of their Montessori education.