Director of Prepared Environments

Cornelia Lockitch


Cornelia Lockitch

Ms. Lockitch completed a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, and an AMI Primary diploma (for ages 3 to 6) from the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia. Ms. Lockitch later earned an AMI Elementary diploma (for ages 6 to 12) from Washington Montessori Institute and a M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland. Ms. Lockitch has taught ages 2½ to 12 at a variety of Montessori and traditional schools across the U.S., and consulted with parents about how to create a Montessori home. In 2010, Ms. Lockitch joined LePort Schools as Senior Montessori Coordinator, where she supported management teams and teaching staff by applying Montessori best practices to all aspects of school programming. She provided mentorship and professional development to heads of school and teachers across LePort’s expanding network of schools.

In 2016, Ms. Lockitch became a founding member of Higher Ground Education, with particular responsibility for the Montessori components of new school projects, starting from the earliest stages of site evaluation, to design and execution of optimum learning environments for each developmental age. Ms. Lockitch is responsible for ensuring the organization’s spaces — school layouts, playground designs, materials, and classroom “prepared environments” — are consistent with Montessori principles.

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