Vanessa Stewart holds a Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs from the prestigious Exeter University in England, and was a credentialed teacher in the United Kingdom for over 25 years. For the past 6 years she served as the Head of School for the Fountain Valley campus of the LePort Schools, the largest private network of Montessori schools in North America, and the largest employer of AMI trained Montessori teachers in the U.S.
During her career, Ms. Stewart taught in Denmark, Spain, Poland, the U.K. and now California. She taught well-adjusted children that wanted to learn, as-well-as children who had been excluded from regular school due to special behavioral and behavioral needs. Ms. Stewart has over 20 years of Elementary classroom teaching experience in the British education system, where she taught children aged seven to fourteen. As an Elementary teacher, Ms. Stewart honed her classroom management skills and was involved in curriculum development to engage disaffected students..
While at LePort, Ms. Stewart led the transition of an existing Carden Method (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carden_Method) school, to the Montessori method used by LePort. The campus had to be rebuilt from the ground up to accommodate new Montessori classrooms and there was significant staff and parent upheaval surrounding the transition.
A few years later, Ms. Stewart was asked to move the school to a significantly larger campus, where she again led the construction and equipping of new Montessori classrooms. While at this new campus, Ms. Stewart instituted a number of innovative programs, including the establishment of a Montessori Mandarin immersion program, and the introducation of an Infant program. During her time at the new campus, the school grew from two preschool classrooms to twelve.