The mission of Children’s Garden Montessori is to foster a safe and peaceful learning community of preschool and kindergarten children, families, and educators supported by the Maria Montessori model of teaching and learning that includes respect, responsibility, exploration, and an appreciation for diversity.
Our vision is to provide the community with a high quality, culturally sensitive Montessori preschool and kindergarten for children ages 3 through 6, with extra enrichment throughout the day.
The school was designed by an architect who specializes in early childhood buildings. It is surrounded by fields and rolling hills with a natural grass playground. We offer a country setting, yet we are conveniently located, just minutes from Cherry Hill Village (in Canton MI). We have a garden tended by the children with an outdoor classroom and a homey schoolhouse. Children’s Garden Montessori is an ideal place for children to learn and make new friends.
Laura Bertsch is the director and founder of Children’s Garden Montessori. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood, and a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Laura is a certified Montessori teacher at the preprimary level. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. She was part of a pilot program that brought Montessori to the public school sector and has been a mentor to new teachers throughout her career.
Laura is working towards fluency in sign language, and enjoys signing in the classroom. With her strong science background and her love of nature, she does many hands on experiments to engage her students. Laura has been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, and finds this program very effective in helping young children learn to write. Laura has served on an Instructional Consultation Team (ICT), which develops intervention strategies for students with academic issues. Laura has been a media specialist, which included working with young children and educational technology. Laura is married, has two children, and a very fluffy dog. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, yoga, and playing with her children.
Affiliations and Memberships
- Michigan Department of Human Services (Child Care Licensing)
- American Montessori Society (AMS)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- North American Montessori Center (NAMC)
- Michigan Montessori Society (MMS)
- Early Childhood Director’s Association
- International Literacy Association