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.

Mr. Richards

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.


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Mrs. Dee

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.


Mrs. Buitrago

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.  



Mrs. Prey

Primary Montessori Teacher

Ms. Prey 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.