Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Guy Barnett


Guy Barnett

Guy Barnett earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto. From 2003 to 2010, he worked as a Senior Executive at Dominion Management, a property management and development firm where he was responsible for 25 properties located in Canada and the southeastern United States. In 2010, Barnett joined LePort Schools as Vice President of Development, where he was responsible for locating school acquisition targets and green-field school development opportunities. Under Barnett’s leadership, LePort established important partnerships with landlords, such as the Irvine Company in California, and developers, such as EPR Properties. In 2014, Barnett became LePort’s Chief Operating Officer, leading it in a transition from a local operator in Southern California to a national organization with a regional management structure, spanning over a dozen cities across the country. Barnett currently leads Higher Ground’s expansion and development efforts.

My Story

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  • What inspires you about education?

    Providing children with an excellent education is literally life changing—both for the individual child who receives the education and for everyone else in the world. The world is a better place to live in with each child that we reach.

  • How did you discover Montessori?

    I was first introduced to Montessori through my friendship with Ray. Once I got married and started thinking about starting a family of my own, I became increasingly interested in learning about Montessori.

  • How does Montessori philosophy impact your daily life?

    It impacts my life in many ways. This is partly because it has a huge impact on my children who both attend Montessori schools and my wife who is a Montessori teacher. I also see the impact in myself and how I judge/treat others. I think there is a benevolence with which I try to approach people that has come from the influence of the Montessori philosophy.

  • Do you have a favorite Montessori quote?

    “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.”

  • When was the moment you decided to make Montessori your career?

    Shortly after observing in a number of Montessori classrooms.

  • What have you learned from your time working at Higher Ground Education?

    I’ve learned a lot of important lessons. One that stands out in particular right now is the extent to which things are possible to those who are willing to work really hard and keep problem solving until they find a solution. Too often we accept something as being impossible, without pushing enough to see if there is a solution.

  • What do you enjoy most about working with your teammates?

    I’m surrounded by talented, inspiring, and cool people who I get to work with every day.

  • What are your passions, interests and hobbies?

    My only hobby right now is cooking. But I really enjoy it and spend time doing it whenever I can.

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