What does it take for a child to succeed?

What are the cosmic or big picture ingredients to success for a child’s education? That’s the question a local Montessori panel will tackle in a free, public event scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at The Vanguard Restaurant & Bar in Indianapolis. The annual #indymontessori panel features Indiana educators from both public and independent Montessori programs.

Guest speaker Dan Driscoll of Good Shepherd Montessori in South Bend, Ind., will open the event. Kristin Hancock of George Washington Carver Montessori (IPS-87), Nina Lemke of Northside Montessori, Sarah Moore of Rousseau McClellan Montessori (IPS-91), Tinora Powell of Village Montessori, Liz Williams of A Children’s Habitat Montessori and Elizabeth Yates of Francis W. Parker Montessori (IPS-56) are also featured panelists.

“Cosmic education distinguishes the Montessori method from other educational philosophies. It powers lifelong intellectual curiosity by showcasing the interconnection of disciplines. Not only does cosmic education help students to discover their individual strengths and how they can meaningfully apply those gifts to the wider world, but it provides that essential first platform that helps students learn to analyze, make sense of, and address complex ideas, in our ever-evolving world,” said Kylea Asher-Smith, Ph.D., the panel’s moderator and Head of School at A Children’s Habitat Montessori, the longest continuously running Montessori school  in Indianapolis. The school is hosting the #indymontessori event, “Cosmic Integration: Channeling Passion, Inspiring Achievement.”

Each year, Montessori elementary classrooms around Indianapolis begin by painting a sort of cosmic picture: from the formation of the galaxies to the unfolding of tiny fronds of ferns, the creation of language and the need for numeration, all the way down to the specific purpose of each life on this planet. That picture is the beacon—the reason behind what children learn and the fuel that inspires them to unknowingly identify their unique place in this world, guided by their curiosity and channeled through their passions.

The annual #indymontessori panel is an adult-only event representing a chance for parents to explore catalysts for educational success from a local perspective. The first 30 people in the door receive a complimentary drink ticket. Appetizers will be served and the bar and full dinner menu will be available all evening. Registration is available online and on Facebook. The event is sponsored in part by Union Jack Pub and The Vanguard Restaurant & Bar.


A Children’s Habitat Montessori is the longest, continuously running Montessori school in Indianapolis, now serving children ages 18 months through 12 years. The school is an associate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), and is active in the Indy Montessori community, living its mission to enrich minds and build community, guided by the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.


Kylea Asher-Smith, Ph.D.

A Children’s Habitat Montessori

(317) 726-5584

[email protected]

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