Little Flower Montessori School
519 NE 26 Street
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305-1120
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History of Little Flower Montessori

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.

In 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 olds.

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 Wilton Manors.
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 Montessori.


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-Maria Montessori 

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