Guidepost Montessori at Williamsburg is a new Montessori community in the hub of Brooklyn. 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 for learning. Your child will love gardening in our engaging outdoor play spaces, which are filled with native plant species and designed to encourage your child to explore. We welcome your family!
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
Erika Somogyi, Head of School
Erika Somogyi excitedly brings a wide range of global teaching and leading experience to Guidepost Montessori in North Brooklyn. Erika began her teaching career as an English Specialist with a small NGO in Yemen and soon after continued exploring different educational cultures through teaching in France and China. While at an experimental primary school in France, Erika started to realize that her students thrived when given the freedom to discover and create rather than be merely ‘taught’. Accordingly, she started experimenting with alternative pedagogies in order to better capture young children’s natural passion for exploring the world around them. As a result of her continued dedication to developing new curricula, Erika was presented with the Shanghai Foreign Teacher Award for her innovative work in China as a Lower Elementary Teacher and Chinese Public School Teacher Trainer. Inspired, she went on to complete her Association Montessori International (AMI) diploma in Chennai, India where Maria Montessori herself had taught and lived. Since then, Erika has observed, taught and completed leadership projects in Montessori environments in India, Boston, The Philippines and New York. She is passionate about the ingenuity of the Montessori educational philosophy and has continually witnessed how well it prepares children with the necessary skills to succeed in today’s world.
Erika graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honors in Anthropology, has a Master of Social Science (MSSc) from Linkoping University in Sweden and a Master of Arts (MA) in Private School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her work as a teacher and Montessori educator, Erika has presented her research on continued professional development for educators at various conferences such as the Harvard Global Education Conference, The CIES 2017 Meeting of the International Education Society and assisted as part of a training team at the World Federation of the United Nations (WFUNA).
In her free time Erika enjoys running along the East River, relaxing in Savasana after a good yoga class, and spending time with her daughter, husband and parakeets. After traveling the world Erika is proud to call Brooklyn home. She looks forward to creating a caring community at Guidepost Montessori Williamsburg.
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.