Ha’penny Montessori School (HMS)
Ha’penny (Pronounced Haypenny) Montessori School (HMS) was founded by Muiríde Keithley and her Husband, Josh Keithley, in 2009. Muiríde, originally from Dublin, Ireland, moved to the United States in 1998. She has been working in Montessori for over 16 years with children aged 10 weeks through 12 years of age. Muiríde decided to open her own school after her first son was born. Her vision was to build a warm community where all children could grow and excel. “During my teaching years in the USA and Ireland, I found that many Montessori schools were getting further away from the original ideas behind Maria Montessori’s philosophy. I wanted my child to be a part of a community that was true to the Montessori method of teaching and so, Ha’penny was born.”
The name Ha’penny was inspired by The Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland, where Muiríde was born. The Ha’penny Bridge is a foot bridge joining the North and south sides of Dublin city. To Muiríde and Josh, it symbolizes the bridge between the diverse cultures in Montessori and the journey each child takes to become a valuable and contributing member of society.
At HMS, we believe in educating the “whole child”. Starting with our infants, children are nurtured and educated in an environment that is designed to meet their physical, emotional, and educational needs. Through role play and practice, our teachers assist students in learning personal responsibility through peaceful conflict resolution. Every child is encouraged to have a positive outlook on learning and oneself.
Being a small school allows close involvement among employees, children and their families. This creates a sense of community and allows each child to feel valued for their individuality and, HMS parents become a crucial partner in their child’s education.