Our HistoryIn 1970, the first Montessori school in Tampa formed on Hanley Road. It soon expanded to two campuses and then in 1982, that same school, The Montessori House Day School, also became the first school in the entire United States to gain accreditation under the new strict standards of the American Montessori Society (AMS). To this day, no other school in Tampa is AMS accredited. Fully credentialed Montessori teachers and a proven authentic Montessori curriculum provide your child the very best in education.
1970Head Directress, Kay Murrell, began teaching at the Montessori school on Hanley Road in Town 'n' Country from its inception.
1979In an effort to establish a reputation of a school with a quality curriculum and faculty, The Montessori House undertook consultations, self-studies, and evaluations for accreditations.
1981Accreditation granted by the Florida Kindergarten Council.
1981A new campus on Ehrlich Road in Carrollwood opened, operating under the same Montessori philosophy and curriculum.
1985The Montessori House Day School hosted the teacher training program of Miami Teacher Training Institute.
1988The second level of grades for 9-12 year olds was introduced, and the school was renamed The Montessori House Day School.
1989From 1989-1992, The Montessori House Day School was honored to have their Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serve on the Board of Florida Council of Independent Schools. Kay Murrell is the only Montessorian to date elected to the FCIS Board.
1995A toddler class at the Hanley campus was opened for children 18 months to 3 years of age.
1998The Montessori House Day School hosted a convention for the American Montessori Society.
2007Montessori schools worldwide celebrated 100 years of Montessori education. The Montessori House Day School sent 13 faculty members to the convention in New York City; the school was recognized as one of the Montessori accredited schools in the nation.
2014The Montessori House Day School introduced a new school logo, website, brand, and promise: “It starts with inspiration.”
1978Kay Murrell and her husband, Tom, a local businessman, purchased the school and renamed it The Montessori House. The school became an affiliate of the American Montessori Society.
1980Accreditation granted by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.
1981The American Montessori Society became an accrediting agency. The Montessori House began the accreditation process.
1982The Montessori House Day School was the first school in the United States to become accredited by the American Montessori Society under new accreditation standards. Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serves the American Montessori Society as a school consultant and evaluator.
1986The Montessori House Day School hosted a convention for the American Montessori Society.
1989The Montessori House Day School hosted the teacher training program of Miami Teacher Training Institute.
1993From 1993-2000, The Montessori House Day School was honored to have their Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serve on the Board of Florida Kindergarten Council. During that time, Kay Murrell served as treasurer, vice president and president of the Board, serving as an advisor after her tenure as an officer.
1995The Montessori House Day School hosted the teacher training program of Miami Teacher Training Institute.
2005Four Montessori House Day School faculty members were selected by the Florida Council of Independent Schools to attend the Academy for high performing teachers.
2011Owners Tom and Kay Murrell were awarded the Montessori Service Award by the Andrew and Dora McGhee Foundation.
Ehrlich Mother’s Tea – Preschool/Kindergarten
Teacher Work Day – NO CLASSES
Hanley Mother’s Tea
“The teachers and administration are in tune with my child’s specific needs and academic growth. My child is extremely intelligent and the teachers have developed special curriculum to keep her engaged while learning.”
“The school focuses on allowing children to retain their creativity in addition to learning traditionally required skills.”
“I love the fact that each child is allowed to and encouraged to learn at their own pace. There is no limit to how much they can learn.”