Our program follows the Montessori philosophy, as well as the “Whole Child” approach. We have seen firsthand how Montessori helps children develop academically, socially, physically, and emotionally at their own pace and at their own level. A small teacher-to-child ratio (1:6) allows for individualized lessons, personal attention, and careful observation of your child on a daily basis. We are inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori’s original “Children’s House,” and our loving, home atmosphere is what makes us so unique. We pay close attention to each child’s particular interests, and focus activities and lessons around that. We believe in working hard, but it’s important for children to have fun while learning! Our program consists of both.
Join the Pride & Glory community in four easy steps:
1. Explore our website
We’ve provided information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program may be right for your family.
2. Tour the school
Come see what makes Pride & Glory unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule Tour” form.
3. Submit an Enrollment Application
If you would like to enroll, please submit an application at www.wonderschool.com/prideglory/apply – Please note that we require tours for all prospective families. Do not submit an application if you have not toured.
After reviewing your application, we’ll send an enrollment invitation. Upon accepting your invitation, you’ll pay your deposit (usually equal to one month’s tuition), fill out enrollment documents and review our Parent Handbook.
Pride & Glory Montessori Wonderschool is located in a large, single-family home in the city of East Whittier. Children will have the opportunity to learn and play both indoors and outdoors. The interior learning space is bright and sunny, and the backyard is spacious with beautiful green grass for the children to run, play, and have fun. The neighborhood is quiet and family friendly, and our home is within walking distance of an elementary school.
Pride & Glory Montessori follows the Montessori curriculum, which is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and group play. Our activities includes a focus on practical life, sensorial, math, language, and cultural studies. Our school values and maintains small teacher-to-child ratio (1:6), which allows for more individualized lessons and personal attention.
Our Approach to Discipline
During my 20+ years as a teacher, I have always been known as the firm yet loving teacher. My discipline philosophy is to redirect the child so they can focus on something else.
I believe that outdoor play is extremely important for children to build their motor coordination and social skills. We have a private backyard with beautiful green grass where the children can run and play. Children can use their imagination while playing with our kitchen set and pretend food. They are surrounded by nature with the sounds of birds and watching butterflies. Children learn how to water plants in the garden and learn the importance of how to care for plants and flowers. We have fruit trees that the children enjoy picking, washing, and preparing for snack. We encourage creativity in our outdoor activities, such as children painting on an easel to create their own masterpieces. During the summer months, we play with water one day of the week. The children love eating outside, so when the weather permits, we eat lunch outside.
Suzanne Mullen, Director & Head Teacher
Suzanne Mullen is an experienced and passionate Montessori educator. After 20 years as head teacher at a Montessori school in Orange County, she is pursuing her dream of opening up her own school. Mrs. Mullen began her career as a Montessori educator in 1978, when she enrolled in the Association Montessori Internationale training in Santa Monica, California. After graduating, she worked at a school in the South Bay for 16 years. During this time, she took administration classes at UCLA. She later relocated to Orange County, where she has worked for the last 20 years teaching children ages 3-6. She helped open and build the enrollment for a new Montessori school in Orange County, where she served as director for two years. She has had the privilege to mentor many Montessori teachers over the years, and it has given her such pleasure to see those teachers be successful under her wing. She has one 24-year-old son.
We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.