lighthouse montessori

Pictured is a student at the Lighthouse Montessori Education Center in Ashley. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, time-management skills and care of the environment and each other. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is mixed age groups centered on research and work, with uninterrupted concentration. Students choose what to work on so they enjoy their work and remember what they learn.

ASHLEY — Lighthouse Montessori Education Center in Ashley reports growth in staffing, enrollment and in community support since opening its doors in mid-October.

Lisa Howe, executive director of Lighthouse, says 11 staff are now meeting the needs of 45 children. Howe reports the center has received a major boost with financial commitments from several area funding groups.

Those include Ambassador Enterprises, $30,000, Garrett State Bank, $25,000, DeKalb Community Foundation, $7,500, and a DeKalb United Way COVID-19 Grant, $5,950. Those funds are helping with operations, educational materials and playground development.

“Individual donations have been an ongoing blessing as well,” says Howe. “We wouldn’t be reaching this dream without them.”

As enrollment grows, the center will be filling a few more staff positions in the near future, Howe said.

Lighthouse Montessori Education Center is located in the Ashley Community Center building, 500 S. Gonser St., Ashley.

More information about the center can be found at or by calling 587-3326.

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