Ms. Dee Hirsch founded school in 1983 with Allan Hirsch on Queen Anne Hill and moved to Magnolia following the school move in 1986. She is a board member of PNMA, a Certified Montessori Teacher, and a former lead teacher in our Preschool and Toddler classes. Ongoing work mentoring teachers and providing for an excellent Montessori School are the focus of the Director of Discovery Montessori School. Stepping back from the role of classroom teacher allows ample time to connect with families and broaden experience in the education profession.
Ms. Dee has a B.S. Sociology/Social Work, a year of Elementary Ed courses and a Montessori Certificate St. Nicholas 1984, London. She is the current Director & Program Supervisor. Additional professional work and growth is currently through positions as Board Member of PNMA and the WFIS appointee to ELAC and Community Engagement.*
* Pacific NW Montessori Association / Washington Federation of Independent Schools / Early Learning Advisory Council
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“I have a home in Magnolia where I raised my children. My extended family lives in Kansas. I am a parent to Simon and Melody and now a grandmother to Lucia Anne and Olive Adeline, and Kate Frances, daughters of Simon and Christina who reside in Boise and now in Aurora, Colorado. Simon is a Tech specialist for Centura Health and Christina is an Account Specialist in Advertising. Melody graduated the New York Fashion Academy in Ballard and showed her 1st line, “Hue” in April 2013! She accepted an offer to teach classesfollowing her completion of the course. She completed the Graphic Arts degree program at Seattle Central College 2015-2017 and works as a graphic artist.
My original inspiration for Montessori education was reading The Absorbent Mind, by Maria Montessori when my son was 1 year old. By the time he was 2 we started this school. I am continually inspired by children. Lucy and Olive are my Thing One & Thing Two! And now a new Thing for the set, Kate!” ~Ms.Dee