Guidepost Montessori at Naperville is situated in beautiful southwest Naperville and conveniently located off Route 59 and Hassert Boulevard. At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in Montessori environments prepared especially for them. Our bright, beautiful classrooms and caring staff members will nurture your child’s joy in learning. We welcome your family to our community!
Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.
Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.
Children's House Classrooms
Jeff Frohne, Head of School
Mr. Jeff Frohne earned his associate’s degree in computer science from ITT Technical Institute in Illinois, and currently he is attending Western Governors University to earn his bachelor’s degree in business management. Mr. Frohne has been working in higher education for the past decade and possesses a great passion for the Montessori Method. He is truly thrilled to be part of the Guidepost community. In his free time, Mr. Frohne enjoys the outdoors, attending live events, and spending time with family and friends!
Lany Fernandez, Lead Guide (Toddler Spanish Immersion)
Ms. Lany has a bachelor's degree in Latin American and Latino Studies, with a minor in Spanish and Law and Society. She realized that in order to someday change the world, we needed to focus on the "key to the betterment of society"—children. She first walked into a Montessori classroom in 2015, and has loved it ever since.nWhen she's not in the classroom, Ms. Lany enjoys photography, hiking, and the mountains.
Rachel Jimenez, Lead Guide (Toddler)
Ms. Jimenez earned a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling in pursuit of a career in therapy. During her studies, she encountered the Montessori method and was excited to be able to apply her education to her love of working with children. She was profoundly moved by her first experiences in the classroom and decided to obtain her Infant-Toddler certification from the American Montessori Society. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Jimenez enjoys reading, going to concerts, and being silly her daughter, Etta.
Amrit Agarwal, Lead Guide (Childrens House)
Ms. Amrit holds an undergraduate degree in Economics & Business but pursued my passion for working with children and obtained my Montessori certification for Birth to 3 years first from AMS (Maryland) & then from AMI (Denver). I am currently pursuing my certification for 3 to 6 years age group from AMI institute of St. Louis. I live in St. Charles with two teenagers both of who build their foundations using Montessori methods.
The foundation of our being is set very early in life. The children, from the time they are born, have innate desire to learn, so I believe as parents and teachers we should collaborate to guide the child and assist them to fulfill their internal urge of learning. This desire to create unrestricted learning through a prepared environment using Maria Montessori's method of education attracted me to my current profession.
Nicole Pronger, Lead Guide (Nido)
Ms. Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. In 2013, Ms. Pronger started her teaching career as a volunteer science teacher in underprivileged public schools in Madison, Wisconsin. It wasn’t until she moved to Rome, Italy in 2016 that she began to learn about the Montessori method in schools as a teacher. She was very impressed and motivated to learn more about this method and pursue her own Montessori training. In her future, she sees herself opening up schools empowering communities with the best education, care, support and equality for all children.In her free time, Ms. Nicole enjoys writing, making music, going for long walks, and exploring the world with her infant daughter.
Children are compelling in every way. They are fascinating, intriguing, charming, heartwarming creatures with infinite variation in personalities, tendencies, and interests.
The unique joy and sacred responsibility of a child's caretakers is to learn about her — to discover and fall in love with her as she grows, to let careful observation and observant care guide her development, and to get to know her well enough to help her shape herself. A child's teachers and parents are collaborators in this process that is at once scientific discovery and heartfelt nurturing.
To that end, our school is designed to further connect you with your child, to bring you into a community of valuable resources and education-minded people, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and support your child as she grows.
Insights into Your Child
The Montessori approach emphasizes careful, theory-informed, individualized observation of each child's development. We don't want to keep what we see to ourselves! The impact of these observations is greatest when shared with a child's parents.
At Guidepost, parents receive regular, detailed updates about their children. Classroom guides are available outside of class hours by phone, email, or for scheduled in-person meetings. Your child’s guide will also meet with you for regularly-scheduled conferences about your child's learning and growth.
We see these conversations, both periodic conferences and frequent exchanges, as critical for both giving and receiving information. They allow teachers to hear from the people most expert and most observant about a child: his parents.
Parents will also receive written progress reports two to three times per year, each a summary of a teacher's observations of the child over the course of the previous months. Meanwhile, day-to-day and week-to-week, parents receive regular updates from the teacher, in the form of photographs and written anecdotes about their child.
And finally, parents are able to directly access Transparent Classroom, the web-based system we use for careful record keeping and observations about your child. Transparent Classroom offers you an on-demand window into the lessons and classroom life of your child.
A great school offers the incredible resource of a trusted partner for parents in the education of their child. The simplest way to amplify that resource is to offer more of it: to offer it at flexible hours so that you can access a trusted, caring partner during days and times when you need us the most.
At Guidepost, we offer an extended school day program, where children thrive in the Montessori approach all day long. Early morning and late afternoon times offer children the downtime and free time they need in order to assimilate all that they have learned during the school day. Each child can find time to develop interests outside the classroom with expert guidance, and to explore an environment rich with opportunities.
To ensure that parents can rely upon a consistent social and recreational experience in a warm and expert school setting, our extended day schedule is offered inclusively with the cost of our programs: there is no extra charge for morning and afternoon extended day hours.
In addition, extracurricular programs are offered during the afternoon extended day, after class time is over. Parents and children can choose from a wide variety of optional activities designed to spark your child’s passion in some way.
Guidepost Montessori runs year-round. We know that we need to be available as a support for your family, so we minimize school closure days as much as we can. For enrolled families, a full calendar will be available on our Parent Portal.
Our typical school day runs from about 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, depending on the program. However, because we believe so strongly in supporting a partnership between home and school for families needing greater accessibility, our all-inclusive tuition price includes the option to utilize our extended day program. This means that your family can drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM.