The Lyceum was the school founded by the Macedonian philosopher, Aristotle, in 335 BCE. Here, he and others lectured in the mornings according to a pedagogy differing strongly from his teacher Plato in that he believed learning was best accomplished from the bottom up rather than the top down--abstractions from concretes, through cooperative research rather than lecture and argument. In short, he believed that learning was an individual process of discovery in which difficult abstractions were pieced together from direct experience in the real, concrete world, and not vessels to be filled with abstract wisdom, poured in through lecture and argument.

At Little Lyceum Montessori, we apply Aristotle’s approach to learning to the young children in our care. As Montessori believed, “what the hand does, the mind remembers,” and through our carefully chosen didactic materials, and unobtrusive, observant, directors and directresses, the child, with independent mind and chosen purpose, will find the world unfolding before him. With “cooperative research” between the child and adult, the child will not “learn” so much as discover the nature of the world in which he lives.
Aristotle’s followers were called Peripatetics, due to his tendency to “walk” while he “lectured”. We hold, as Aristotle did, that children are not disembodied minds or empty vessels, but are equal parts body and mind and should be treated as whole, integrated individuals, absorbing through the senses of their bodies and forming concepts through the application of reason to the information they gather in the world.

 
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Mr. Gordon

Head of School and Primary Lead Teacher

Mr. Gordon studied Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver and studied Montessori at the Montessori Educational Center of the Rockies. He is a strong advocate of the Montessori Method and a fan of classical education generally with an emphasis on choice in the classroom, outdoor education, and increasing the use of executive function. He also likes orange juice and goats.

 
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Ms. Elizabeth

DIRECTOR

Ms. Elizabeth holds an AMI Montessori 0-3 certification from the Montessori Institute in Denver, and a Master’s of Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. She has 40 years of experience working in education, beginning when she studied to be an elementary school teacher at the University of California at Irvine. She also audited the 3-6 level training at the Pan American Montessori Society training, and has years of experience in Montessori elementary-level classrooms. Elizabeth began working at Little Lyceum in 2015 as the infant-toddler curriculum supervisor, and went on to open the infant classroom in 2016 before moving into her role as Director.

 
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Ms. Mara

Admissions Director

Ms. Mara studied for her Early Childhood (3-6) Montessori credential in 2014, but her experience with Montessori education and administration began long before, in her childhood home. She has spent six years working in Montessori schools in Nebraska and Colorado and is a perpetual student of Montessori philosophy and methodology. She has two little boys at Little Lyceum, and enjoys reading, rock and ice climbing, and swing dancing.

 
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Ms. Erica

Lead Toddler Directress

Ms. Erica is originally from a small town in Texas and has been living in Colorado for the past 10 years. She has 3 children of her own. She studied Montessori at Montessori education center of the Rockies in 2013. She has 8 years of experience of working with children and speaks Spanish.

 
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Ms. Lupe

Lead Infant Teacher

Bio coming soon.

 
 

We're located centrally in Denver, CO near Sheridan & Mississipi.

800 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80226


303-568-9325
mail@littlelyceum.org