Monica Van Aken, Head of School

  • Doctorate, Education Policy & Leadership, University of Virginia
  • Masters Degree in Private School Administration, Columbia University
  • Fellowship in Educational Policy, Oxford University
  • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, University of Connecticut
  • BA History, Lafayette College
  • Advanced Montessori Diploma, Association of Montessori Internationale
  • Casa Dei Bambini (3-6) Montessori Diploma
  • Nine years teaching experience
  • 16 years at MMS as Head of School

In 1926 my grandmother completed her training with Maria Montessori and was my father’s Montessori teacher in Germany until the time that Hitler closed their school because it was filled with children from Jewish families. My mother took her Montessori training in Germany with Montessori’s protégés along with Mario Montessori in England. For over 30 years, she taught at Whitby Montessori School in Greenwich, Connecticut where I attended school up until high school. Because I knew how to use all the Montessori materials, in the summer when I visited my grandparents in Germany, my grandmother paid me (in chocolate at first) to sit and help her students with their lessons. I was ten years old at the time and quite happy to be paid for my responsibility. I remember deciding that I was going to be a teacher after taking that first bite of chocolate at the end of my day of “work”.

Milwaukee Montessori School
345 North 95th St, Milwaukee, WI 53226
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