About UsAbout the Children's House
The Children’s House Montessori School
The Children’s House is a church-based Montessori environment for children ages 3-6 years. First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs established this school in 1981 to provide a quality preschool education, in a Christian environment, for the young children of this church and community.
The Children’s House Staff
The role of the teacher in a Montessori environment is to inspire the human potential, leading children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover. The teacher’s ultimate objective is to help the child learn independently while retaining their natural curiosity, creativity and intelligence. Montessori teachers do not only present lessons, they are also facilitators, mentors and guides. Each of the five teachers at the Children’s House is either a certified Montessori Primary educator, has extensive training or is in the process of training/certification. Each teacher has a genuine love and respect of children and the way God created each one individually.
Top Row (L to R): Mary Ann Bounds (Director, Teacher, AMS), Emily Fitzpatrick (Montessori Intern), Kathy Williams (Teacher)
Bottom Row (L to R): Rebecca Castleman (Teacher), EmilyBeth Dickinson (Lead Teacher, AMS), Aurora Ellis (Teacher, AMS)
“Those things that we call encouragement, comfort, love and respect, drawn from the soul of man, and the more freely we give of them, the more do we renew and reinvigorate the life around us.”Dr. Maria Montessori