Paula Polk Lillard is an internationally respected authority on Montessori theory and practice, the author of four books and countless articles. She co-founded Forest Bluff School in 1982, serving as primary teacher and as head of school. Her wisdom and experience continue to guide parents and staff.
Paula taught for eight years in traditional public and private schools before discovering Montessori (as chronicled in her 1972 book, Montessori: A Modern Approach.) Fifty years of experience has since deepened her conviction that the Montessori approach solves the basic dilemma of guaranteeing a superior, well-rounded intellectual education to children and young adults while, at the same time, granting to students the freedom to follow their individual interests and passions.
Key to the success of any Montessori school is its involvement of the parents in understanding an educational approach that they did not experience themselves. Paula devotes the major portion of her time today to guiding and supporting parents in this journey. She does so both nationally, internationally, and locally at Forest Bluff through her writing, lectures, and parent meetings.
Paula, a graduate of Smith College, is a certified AMI Montessori primary director and has served on the board of directors of both the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori International/USA.