Phone: 803-772-2262 • Fax: 803-772-4414

Parent tours are held every Friday morning at 10.30a.m
All tours are given by appointment only.

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Ina Lightner Fort School owner- Administrator

BA-Music Education/ Early Childhood, Columbia College St. Nicholas Montessori Centre, London, England Certified Trainer for First Steps Four years experience in SC Public Schools 28 years Montessori Experience

Tom Fort School Social Worker

M.Ed, MSW BS-History-USC Masters in Education-USC Masters in Social Work-USC Montessori Centre Internationale-50CU, London, England Certified Trainer for First Steps 30 years experience S.C. Dept. Social Service


Leila Heath Lead teacher primary 5

Centre for Educational Research and Development Studies, Kerala, India, 50 certified hours through Montessori Centre Internationale, London, England, S.C. Certified Nurses Aide.

Cindy KellerLead Montessori Teacher Primary 1

Diploma-St. Nicholas London, England Elementary Montessori Diploma-North America Montessoi Center (NAMC), British Columbia Ages 6-9

Chris Fowler

Suma Cum Laude BA in Psychology University of Maryland Primary Montessori Training St Johns Island, SC Upper level elementary training 9-12
NAMC British, Columbia

Laura Griffis

  1. Lead Teacher Primary 4

Brookland Cayce High School ,Spartenburg Methodist College, Montessori Centre Internationale, 50 CU

Brittany Keller Assistant to Primary 1

Business Administration Major USC

Brantley Dresch Administrative Assistant

Accounting Major Midlands Techincal College

Finbarr Dunphy Latin Teacher and foreign language specialist.

Native of Dublin, Ireland

Maxine Rhett Assitant to Primary 3

Becca Cromer Drama Teacher.  Afternoon Caretaker.

Ingris Roberts Spanish Teacher - Native of El Salvador.

Caitlin Griffis -  Lower Elementary Teacher.  NAMC International Diploma.  Ages 6-9.

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1101 Balsam Rd. Columbia, South Carolina 29210