Elizabeth Bio

Elizabeth Flenniken

Elizabeth Flenniken

Elizabeth had a happy childhood in Norfolk, England. As soon as she graduated from high school, not knowing what she wanted to do for a career, Elizabeth decided to travel through Europe. Upon returning to England, she answered an ad in a magazine to work as a nanny for a family in Oakville. “I was 18 when I first set foot on Canadian soil,” said Elizabeth. “I worked with a wonderful, true Canadian family who are like surrogate parents to me. However, it was when I went to visit a Montessori school that I knew I had found my life’s work. I worked as an assistant for an amazing teacher (Mary Flewelling) and was later sponsored by another wonderful Montessorian (Sue Moran) to take my Montessori training.” Elizabeth became part of an AMI Montessori training program in Cleveland, Ohio, where Hildegard Solzbacher was the head instructor. “I know I became the teacher I am today because of these wonderful people,” said Elizabeth.

Elizabeth had a dream to build her school and opened Absorbent Minds for her daughter Emily in 1994. “We built a new school in the summer of 1998, when I was pregnant with our third child,” said Elizabeth. “It was a dream come true and a fulfilling part of my life until 2013.” Former DVMS Casa East guide Holly spent the first five years of her career working with Elizabeth. Mary Flewelling also came to work with Elizabeth the first year after the 1998 school was built. DVMS Casa South guide Pat Stephens did her first observation with Elizabeth to submit her application for Montessori training. DVMS Lower Elementary and Strata Montessori French specialist Sylvia Marechal was a fantastic student teacher, reports Elizabeth. “The Montessori community is not so vast,” says Elizabeth. “The decision to close was hard and full of many reasons and emotions. However, it was the right thing to do and has brought me to DVMS where I now get to do the thing I enjoy most, and that is teach in an environment that I know has the same appreciation and respect for this beautiful Montessori philosophy.”

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