Grace Ann Louis
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Grace Ann Louis joined our faculty for 2019-2020 as our Head of Early Education and lead pre-school teacher. In January 2020 she stepped into her role as Head of School. Grace was the founder of Woodland Playhouse, a thriving pre-school in Phoenicia. She followed her heart and joined Middle Way, inspired by our approach to education. We are so fortunate to have such an experienced and passionate teacher in our school community. She lives in Phoenicia with her husband JD, daughter Nadou, and two sons Leroi and Arlo.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, I discovered that my true passion is in early childhood education. I began my career at the International Preschool in NYC that emphasized an experiential and emergent curriculum. While teaching at Snow Lion School, a contemplative preschool in Boulder, Colorado, I completed my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. During that time I also mentored student teachers from Naropa University. Through many hours working in Elementary schools, Head Start programs, and with early intervention coordinators, the contemplative educational model solidified my teaching philosophy and helped me recognize the need for young children to unfold at their own developmental pace. My experience teaching at Snow Lion inspired me to create an environment that fosters a child initiated play-based curriculum that builds a foundation for learning and later academic success.”