Danville Montessori School, Inc. was founded
in 1975 by Pat and Bill Critchfield.
Bill, the school's administrator, has a
Masters degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public
Accountant. He is a partner in Critchfield and Critchfield, Certified
Public Accountants, in Danville.
Education Director, Pat Critchfield, has
undergraduate degrees in anthropology and education and a Masters in
Education. She had experience in both public and private education
before beginning her career as a Montessori teacher in 1974. Pat is
certified by the American Montessori Society for ages 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12.
The school's first site was a basement
classroom, at the home of the Critchfield's. Enrollment the first year
was seven students. The second year enrollment climbed to twenty-two
students. Growing interest and enthusiasm for the Montessori method
necessitated a move to more spacious quarters.
The Main Street site was bought at
auction in July 1977. The school now exists in two buildings that
previously housed a small Catholic school.
Over the years Danville Montessori has
added three additional pre-primary classes and a day care to meet the
needs of the community. The school again met parent requests with the
addition of a Montessori elementary program in the fall of 1984. An
after school program for the Montessori elementary students is our most
The Danville Montessori School, Inc. is a
private, non-profit, non-discriminatory corporation chartered under the
laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As an affiliate of the American
Montessori Society, it benefits from being a part of a nationwide group
of Montessori schools, as well as having access to the resources
available from such a network.