About OKC Heartland Montessori School

OKC Heartland Montessori School was established by Future Education LLC in 2017.

 

The mission of  OKC Heartland Montessori School is to provide a loving, secure, and well-prepared Montessori environment for every child to learn, to develop, and to grow into an independent and confident person who enjoys learning, loves people, and appreciates mother nature.  

We serve children from 3 to 6 years old. We offer multi-age fully integrated Montessori classrooms. We are so excited to have a brand-new school to share with our community. We provide child-centered learning along with individualized instruction based on whole-child observations.

Our  Primary program is truly a gift to your child. Designed for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years, it is an opportunity to nurture their individual development within the context of a group setting. The result? Self-confidence, joy and a lifelong love for learning.

 

Mixed Age Classrooms


Because the curriculum is individualized, your child can work at his or her own pace while participating in a mixed age classroom community. Your younger child learns by observing the behavior and activities of the older children. Your older child gains self-confidence, leadership skills and responsibility by setting an example for her younger friends.

 

The Gift of Choice


Your child will be introduced to a broad range of concepts and activities in individual and small group lessons. The real learning, however, occurs through independent activity by choosing to explore it, repeat it and perfect it.

A Deep Connection Between Teacher and Child


Our AMS-certified teachers choose this career because of their love for children and dedication to Montessori. Their depth of training and knowledge is amplified by the joyful and deep relationship they develop with your child throughout the three-year journey together.

Child Centered (Not Teacher Centered)


Unlike conventional classrooms, where all children are expected to pay close attention to the teacher, our program does the opposite – the teacher is trained to closely observe your child’s interests, tendencies and needs. You won’t see the teacher standing at the front of the classroom at a chalkboard, but rather down at your child’s level, engaged with her or a small group.

Beautiful Hands-On Materials Help Your Child Learn


The scientifically designed Montessori materials help your child learn through hands-on use and exploration. Through continued use, he develops as a concrete understanding of abstract concepts, such as mathematics, providing a solid foundation for learning into the future.

One Size Does Not Fit All


Instead of a top down curriculum based upon age, the teacher is trained to respect your child’s unique potential and connects him with the lesson best suited at that precise moment of development. Your child will be challenged according to her ability, not to a generic standard.
 

Group Activities and Play


While most of the day is spent in self-directed work, there are also times for group activity and play. The teacher may gather a group for songs or to tell stories about a cultural, scientific or historical theme of interest. Ample time is also given to run, dig, explore and play with friends outdoors.

A Tour at HMS
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STAFF

Jessica Fu

Director of School

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Ms Jessica is an American Montessori Society Certified Montessori Primary teacher. She has Graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and  Teaching English to Speaker of Other Language (TESOL). She grew up in Taiwan and attained her Bachelors degree in Political Science of International Relations. She believed being a diplomat was the way to create a better world until she met Montessori. Now she believes it is through Montessori education to encourages every child to learn independently, confidently and most important of all, happily, a kind and peaceful community can be formed. 

Tiana Ballinger

Montessori Teacher

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Ms Tiana is an American Montessori Society certified Montessori Primary teacher. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her Montessori journey at Lake Hills Montessori School in Tulsa four years ago.   

Alicia Clark

Montessori Teacher

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Ms Alicia is an American Montessori Society Certified Montessori Primary teacher. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms Alicia is not only a Montessori Teacher but also a mom to two beautiful children and an artist. 

Mandy Russ

Montessori Teacher

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Ms. Mandy is a graduate from Oklahoma City University with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and American Montessori Society Primary Credential. She began teaching Montessori in 2013 and has enjoyed every second of it. She also taught at Casady and Undercroft Montessori School in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Ms. Mandy attained her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Indiana, where she majored in mathematics with minors in education and anthropology. Before finding Montessori, Mandy taught English and math in Taiwan to middle and high school students. She believes the role of the teacher is to guide the child through an environment that fosters trust, independence, and a love of learning.

Tina Scruggs

Montessori Teacher

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Ms Tina is an Association Montessori Internationale certified Primary as well as Infant and Toddler teacher. She has a Graduate degree in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. Ms Tina began her Montessori journey as a child growing up in a Montessori environment and Montessori schools. She started to lead and teach 6 years ago in North Carolina.

Arwen Inman

Montessori Assistant

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Ms. Arwen is a graduate of Luther College with a degree in Management and minors in music and Nordic Studies. While in college, she began working at Northeast Iowa Montessori School and loved the environment and working with kids. Based on that experience she decided to continue with Montessori training and teaching. She plans to attend the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) this summer to earn her Montessori teaching credential and masters degree in early childhood education. Ms. Arwen believes that teaching is important to mold the minds, personalities, ethics and beliefs of children at a young age; while fostering independent growth, to give children the tools to grow into the best and most fulfilling versions of themselves.

Board of Consultants

Aimee Sims

Westminster School (AMS Full Member) Primary Director

Charlotte Wood-Wilson

Oklahoma City University Montessori Graduate Program Director

Kathy Carey

Montessori Life Editor

Oklahoma City University Montessori Graduate Program Instructor

Jennifer Matias

Oklahoma City University Montessori Graduate Program Instructor

Casady School Primary Division Teacher

Karen Towles

Casady School Primary Division Teacher

Oklahoma City University Montessori Graduate Program Instructor

Lori Karmazin

Undercroft Montessori School Primary Teaching Advisor

Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) Early Childhood Program Director

Great Extension Montessori Materials Owner

OKC Heartland Montessori School 

OKC Heartland Montessori School 

6120 N Drexel Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73112

OKC Heartland Montessori School by Future Education LLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

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