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About Us

A Montessori classroom is a prepared environment.  We put care and attention into creating a space that piques children's curiosity. That environment supports your child's independence and intellectual development.


Because children spend a lot of time here, we make our classrooms as attractive as possible. The area is bright, warm, and inviting, filled with appealing materials.


You'll find fascinating art, maps, charts, fossils, and historical artifacts.


We use these elements at our school to entice children to seek more information about the world around them – both in the classroom and at home.


Typically, students can be found scattered around the classroom, working alone or in small groups. Their focus creates a sense of calmness and peace.


It may take a moment to spot the teachers within the environment. They will be found working with one or two children at a time. They may be advising, presenting a new lesson, or quietly observing the class at work.


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Ann Griesdorn: Founder & Director

Ann learned the Montessori Method from Mario Montessori, the son of the creator of the method.  She continues to learn and develop new materials and trains Montessori teachers here and abroad. 

Ann is a graduate of Xavier University's Early Childhood Education undergraduate program. She has also completed post-grad work in the same field.

Member of the Washington Montessori Institute teacher training program.

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Sally O'Donnell

Principal /

Teacher - Certified K-8

BS in Physical Education, University of Cincinnati


Montessori: AMI Certified

Teaching at Springs East since 1985 

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Ruth Maher

Teacher - Certified PreK- 12

5 years Owner/Director of Springs Montessori School, Batesville, IN


23 years of international teaching experience, including Guam, Japan, Italy, and Germany

Master in Elementary Education, with a specialization in Montessori

AMI Certified, primary and elementary


Teaching at Springs East School since 2020

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Elizabeth "Duffy" Meek

Assistant Teacher - Certified K -8

30 years of teaching in the Forest HIlls school district, Cincinnati, OH

Master in Education, University of Michigan

Teaching at Springs East School since 2022

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