Margo Rossano, founding director of Bellevue Montessori School and of Montessori Teacher College Northwest, a teacher-training course, died on December 24, 2013.
Mrs. Rossano led a very full life and Montessori education was a large part of it. In the mid-1960’s she was looking for a pre-school for her child. After attending a series of lectures given at Seattle University by E.M. Standing, a biographer of Maria Montessori, Mrs. Rossano decided that she would open a Montessori school.
Bellevue Montessori School opened in 1966 as the first Montessori school on Seattle’s Eastside. Nine years later, in 1975, an elementary program was begun. Both programs continue today.
In the early 1980’s, Mrs. Rossano, along with Dorothy Carlson, began Montessori Teacher College Northwest, a teacher-training course. Educating students and future Montessori teachers was a calling and a passion until her retirement in 1992.
Mrs. Rossano was also active in regional and national Montessori organizations. She was involved in NCME, the National Center for Montessori Education, which has now merged into the American Montessori Society. Mrs. Rossano was instrumental in the formation of MACTE, an organization which instituted standards and oversees teacher-training courses throughout the country. She was also involved in the early years of PNMA.
Margo and Russ settled in Bellevue after moving around the country for Russ's work with the Public Health Service. When their youngest daughter Teresa was about three, Margo searched for a good preschool in the area and didn't find anything that resonated with her. She immersed herself in studies of the Montessori methodology and brought trainers over from England to train Montessori teachers and began a little school in downtown Bellevue. The school later grew and Margo and Russ planned a new school at its present location. Margo later started an NCME teacher education program to meet the needs of her growing school and over the years mentored many Montessori students and families. AMS honored Margo for inspiring so many schools in the Greater Seattle area. Margo left a beautiful legacy of professionalism in our Montessori community in Washington State and worked on many boards and committees at the national level.
Mrs. Rossano’s legacy will forever live on in the school she founded and in the lives of the students, families and teachers she touched.
"The child should love everything he learns. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear."
- Maria Montessori