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Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. is the vision of its founder, Renee Jolley, who wished to address a need by bringing the magic of Montessori education to a community that looked like her. Having taught in the Montessori classroom for years, she desired to have a local program that would benefit children who derived from Afrocentric backgrounds and families from all backgrounds who wished to expose their children to multiculturalism within the classroom. The program began as a parent-child initiative, educating parents on how to complement their little learner's education at home. It grew into a small, home-based program offering care to six families, and now seeks to serve more children by becoming a center-based program. Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.

From the time Kendall Allen was a child, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. As time evolved, that dream shifted from just desiring to teach to also hoping to shift the educational experience for children by designing and opening her own school. Her commitment to alternative forms of education, hands-on learning opportunities for children, and positive self-image work guided her in the process of considering a model that would meet the needs of all children, with a particular emphasis on children of color. Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. envisions those goals.

Having met and connected through the Wildflower Diversity Initiative and trained in the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center together, Renee and Kendall embarked on the journey of opening a school together. This school is the culmination of their dreams and hopes for a brighter future for our

Our Mission Statement 

Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. seeks to offer an affordable, child-centered, authentic, high-quality, African-centered, Montessori program in Roxbury--an historically underserved community.