At Montessori House of Children it is our mission to provide a safe and caring environment that is full of opportunities to explore and learn. In our thoughtfully prepared environment the children gain confidence and develop social and academic skills. In collaboration with parents, the child’s first teacher, we want to build the foundation of a lifelong desire to learn.

Florence Carland

Our Founder

Florence Carland, a native to France, moved to San Francisco, California in 1980. There she studied under the renowned Montessorian, Ursula Thrush. After her training she taught at several Montessori schools in the bay area until she opened Montessori House of Children in 2002. Her love of teaching and her gentle and cheerful manner has touched the lives of many children and families over the years.

Susanna Petty

Our Director

Susanna Petty was a certified Montessori preschool teacher for eight years in Rocklin, CA. In 2009 she moved to Nevada City with her husband. She is now the mother of three children. Since being introduced to the Montessori Method during her studies in early childhood education she has remained a devoted follower of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. It has always been a dream of Susanna’s to have her own Montessori preschool and in 2014 the opportunity presented itself.

Our Staff

Our committed and experienced staff is devoted to giving your child a positive and nurturing educational environment in which to thrive. Our low student teacher ratio ensures that each child will be given the attention they need in order to meet their individual learning process.