Founders + History

Charlene Thibodeau

In 1971, educator Charlene Thibodeau laid the foundation for Montessori Children’s House.
Guided by her strong faith, she embarked on her Montessori journey within a small apartment. Through the grace of God, an opportunity emerged, allowing her to establish the physical location that stands today. Ms. Thibodeau’s passion extended beyond teaching Montessori education; she also sought to instill the teachings of God into the hearts of her students.
Throughout the passing years, Charlene and her family upheld a commitment to MCH, dedicating themselves to the Miami Lakes community. As time unfolded, Charlene left to be with the with the Lord.

Spring of 2023 brought stormy and rainy weather, but it also introduced Montessori Children’s House to Vanessa and her family. They quickly realized that this school was brought by the grace of God just like He did many years ago to Charlene. With continuous prayers and the support of Charlene’s children, the transition of ownership for Montessori Children’s House occurred during the summer of 2023. In deep acknowledgment, they pay tribute to the years of dedication, love, and strenuous labor that the Thibodeau family invested into this school. With hope and prayer, they aspire to uphold the legacy left by Ms. Thibodeau, all for the glory of God.


Maria Montessori

The Montessori method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori who was the first female, Italian physician. Dr. Montessori developed this approach through the scientific observation of children all over the world. Through her observations, Dr. Montessori found consistent, naturally developing tendencies and characteristics that would serve as the foundation for the creation of optimally prepared environments that would encourage and support the realization of childrens’ full potential.
Every teaching method, however, sparks moments of learning.
Then why is Montessori so different?
The difference is the method itself. The mind of a child is like a sponge—absorbing everything, always at the ready to learn something new.
The primary goal of Montessori education?
To turn that spark into a lifelong flame.
Imagine a school…where education is viewed not just as a means to an end, but as an aid to life; where the method for learning comes not from a curriculum, but from the natural development of your child; a place where creativity, innovation, and individuality are valued as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence; where your child is not just a student, but also a teacher.

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