Our Staff

Owner, Mary Stratton is Director and Head Teacher. Her husband and co-owner, Mick Stratton, is the Co-Teacher and Musical Director. Combined, they have over 50 years of early childhood experience as teachers, school owners and teacher trainers.

"The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit."
Dr. Maria Montessori
Mary Holland Stratton

Director, Head Teacher, Owner


  • Graduate of Montessori Western Teacher Training Program, 1979

  • General Coordinator of all-volunteer playground project, 18 months planning, 1400 volunteers, 11,000 sq. ft. structure built in 5 days, raised 25% beyond funding goal.

  • Seven-time published author, professional journal - Constructive Triangle and Montessori Life.

  • Nominated for an EdPress award, 2001

  • Worked in Dept. of Education, Hawaii, Special Ed. classrooms infusing with Montessori materials. Trained teachers in Montessori Method.

  • Served as school owner, director, teacher trainer and parent educator.

  • Proud mother of Fresno State graduate & Clovis Unified elementary teacher. (Proud grandma of 7 yr. old)


Member of:

  • AMS, American Montessori Society

  • CAEYC, California Association for the Education of Young Children

  • NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • Children Now

  • Central Valley Children's Services Network


Mick Stratton

Musical Director, Co-Teacher, Owner


  • Alumni - Berklee College of Music, Boston & Rhode Island School of Contemporary Music, Providence

  • Student of Montessori Western Teacher Training Program, 1991

  • Performing since 1972, teaching music since 1985

  • Wrote and recorded original CD of children's songs with Ms. Mary, 2009

  • Musical Director for many schools including Variety School of Hawaii, Honolulu for special needs children