History of Little
With only six students and a small building in
Wilton Manors, Little Flower Montessori was founded
in 1975 by Edie Cronin. Guided by her dedication to
the principles and philosophy of Maria Montessori,
Ms. Edie worked diligently to create a school
environment in which each child’s right to learn was
respected and protected.
1977, Little Flower moved to a new location on
Oakland Park Boulevard. After arriving there, many
changes occurred. The original class of six swelled
to sixty, day care hours were eventually dropped,
and in the space where students once napped, a
Toddler class was begun. The most recent expansion
of Little Flower’s curriculum came in 1990 with the
addition of an Elementary class made up of 6-12 year
After Ms. Edie's passing, her daughter, Mary Cronin
Byrd, took over the leadership of Little Flower. Ms.
Mary dedicated the next twenty years to continuing
at Little Flower the excellent tradition of
Montessori education started by Ms. Edie. The annual
Founder's Day celebration continues to be held on
Ms. Edie's birthday, March 17th, to honor her memory
and her dedication to the school.
In 1996, the teachers, parents and students of
Little Flower combined their efforts to successfully
relocate the school to its present location in
Upon Ms. Mary's retirement in 2010, Kim
Clarke-Campbell and Lisa Cassanelli, two dedicated
LFMS teachers, assumed the leadership of Little
Flower. With great anticipation and enthusiasm, Ms.
Kim and Ms. Lisa look forward to preserving and
nurturing the educational ideas envisioned by Maria
“Following some inner guide, the children
occupied themselves in work different for each, that
gave them joy and peace…”
"What is required
is a new world,
full of miracles"