History of LMS

History and Growth

In 2003, in Ammon, Idaho, Mrs. Laurie A. Roth began teaching students in a classroom she had set-up in her home. In 2005, she founded Lighthouse Montessori School and moved into a separate, larger building to accommodate more students. In 2007, the Toddler program was added. A Lower Elementary classroom was added in 2008 and an Upper Elementary program was added in 2009. Each year Lighthouse Montessori has seen considerable growth and retention of its student base. To accommodate its growing population, Lighthouse Montessori is looking forward to building a new facility in the next couple of years.

Our Director

Lighthouse Montessori School's Director, Mrs. Laurie A. Roth, has extensive experience in Montessori Education and is one of the leading Montessori authorities in Idaho. Laurie earned her degree in early childhood education from Vancouver University. Additionally, she received her American Montessori Society 3-6 level certificate from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, Illinois. She continued her education at the 6-9 level in Los Alamos, New Mexico and 9-12 training in San Diego, California.

Mrs. Roth has taught in the classroom  and been involved in school administration for over 30 years.  She is currently teaching the elementary class as well as conducting Montessori teacher training for adults. Mrs. Roth has six children, four of which attended Montessori schools, three attended from age 3 until 6th grade.

Adults look upon a child as something empty that is to be filled through their own efforts, as something inert and helpless for which they must do everything, as something lacking an inner guide and in constant need of inner direction. . . . An adult who acts in this way, even though he may be convinced that he is filled with zeal, love, and a spirit of sacrifice on behalf of his child, unconsciously suppresses the development of the child's own personality.