Maitland Montessori, A Downtown Landmark Plans To Expand.

A landmark in downtown Maitland, the Maitland Montessori School was founded in the early 1960’s. The school’s mission is to provide a quality education for children ages 3 years old through 6th grade based on the philosophies and methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. In 1896, Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy to graduate from medical school, and she later developed the first Montessori school.

In 1987, Adele Fondo, M. Ed., and Muriel Owens purchased the growing Maitland school and have served as co-directors ever since. The school has flourished under the tutelage of Owens and Fondo. The co-directors, both with extensive global teaching experience, are veterans of Montessori education. Presently, they provide teacher education at the Maitland school, and, since 1988, they have trained more than 500 educators. In fact, they have educated teachers from every continent of the world except Antarctica. In addition, both Owens and Fondo have been correspondence lecturers through the Montessori St. Nicholas in London, England. Owens currently serves as a Board Member of the American Montessori Society and Fondo is a member of the Teacher Education Action Committee for the American Montessori Society.

Approximately 200 students, preschool through elementary school, are enrolled at their Maitland and Altamonte Springs campuses. The Maitland campus has grown substantially in its number of students and plans are currently complete to begin construction this summer on a new, 2-story classroom building. Bob Miller, President of R. Miller Architecture, Inc. in Winter Park, designed the new facility. The co-directors’ vision is one that enhances the students’ educational experience by providing a comfortable structure similar to one of residential scale and character.

The Maitland Montessori School promotes quality education and excellence in community service. In tandem with their daily classroom education, students excel in community service projects. The list of projects completed over the years is diverse and includes such worthy projects as supporting an orphanage in Uganda, providing aid to Tsunami victims, and painting a giant alligator for the Winter Park Bank of America (the proceeds of which will benefit the Winter Park Day Nursery).

Maitland Montessori School graduates are model citizens working in a variety of fields including physicians, engineers, attorneys, architects, scientists, and more. The Montessori school is accredited with the Montessori Schools Accreditation Commission (MSAC) as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The preschool/kindergarten schools are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Maitland Montessori School is located on North Swoope Avenue, just east of Publix. For more information on Maitland Montessori School please contact Adele Fondo at (407) 628-0019 or

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