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About Our Founder

Montessori School Student

Sarah Zimmerman

AMS credential earned at MECA-Seton in Clarendon Hills, IL; college instructor at Contra Costa College, UC Berkeley, Cal State Hayward, Cal State Fresno; Head Start, NAEYC, and national AMS seminar presenter; AMS school consultant; Fountainhead Montessori School founder, administrator, president, and teacher since 1972. BA in Education earned at Drake University; MA in Special Education earned at Northeastern Illinois University.

In 1972, Sarah Zimmerman, the founder of Fountainhead Montessori, lived in Libertyville, Illinois. It was there that she began dreaming of leaving her career in public-school special education and starting a Montessori school. Fountainhead was born that year in a remodeled barn, the Quaker Oats Farm Hour broadcasting studio, with six children. It took a lot of elbow grease and her entire public-school teacher pension.

During that time Sarah was under the tutelage of Miss Domicele Petrutis. Miss Petrutis, a native Lithuanian, had been a student of Dr. Maria Montessori in Nice, France (1934). Miss Petrutis led Sarah and Fountainhead to a special understanding of the philosophy of Montessori. In 1972, Sarah moved to California, where the school was re-established at the old Orinda Union School, now the Orinda Community Center. It was at this time that Sarah met John Lindl and George Zimmerman, who became the pillars of Fountainhead along with all the other invaluable participants who have joined us along the way.

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Observe a Class

By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

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Goals of the Classroom

Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.

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Choosing the Right Class

Our teachers can offer invaluable guidance. We want your child to be happy and successful at Fountainhead, just as you do.

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About Our Staff

Ninety percent of our head teachers have over 10 years of Montessori classroom experience. They are loving, creative, respectful, and supportive educators.

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Is Montessori right for my child?

Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.