Baan Dek
  • Baan Dek
  • Baan Dek
  • Baan Dek
  • Baan Dek
  • Baan Dek
  • Baan Dek

EST. 2007

Passionate, hardworking, and optimistic, we’re more than just a school. We’re a community of learners. We provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, one that is dedicated to exploration, experimentation, and self-discovery. We understand that the power of mistakes is just as important as the joy of success, and we welcome each and every child to discover who they wish to become.

ABOUT

Our mission is to offer an authentic Montessori education, based on the principles, methods, and activities of Maria Montessori. We take seriously the notion that everyone learns differently and at their own pace, and understand that there cannot be only one way to learn, any more than there can be only one way to teach. We also believe, as Montessori says, that children are the promise and hope for mankind, and that these foundations are the building blocks of life.

  • The Weber Family

    Testimonials

    “Our entire family has found the spirit of Baan Dek and its philosophy of learning to be contagious. We've grown as thinkers, doers and creative beings as we've each learned something about the Montessori approach to education. Our only regret is that Amy & I didn't have the opportunity to be Montessori scholars like Emerson and Finn!” - The Weber Family

  • The Becker Family

    Testimonials

    “We are thankful for the unique environment Baan Dek creates for our children to work in. The staff genuinely loves our children and the mixed age classroom has helped them grow socially. Our children can explore what interests them and the process of learning is valued over the results. The best thing about Baan Dek is our children have the freedom to be who they want to be. This keeps their passion in learning and life.” - The Becker Family

  • The Medema Family

    Testimonials

    “Having both Evan and Fiona attend Baan Dek is one of our best decisions as parents. We overflow with pride when watching the two of them comfortably engage with people outside of the classroom. We're no longer allowed to order for them at a restaurant, water the houseplants without them or to make their beds for them each morning. The confidence and independence they possess in their daily adventures is a direct result of their work in the Baan Dek classroom.” - The Medema Family

  • The Chaplin Family

    Testimonials

    “We are grateful that our children have the opportunity to be part of an educational community such as Baan Dek. We have enjoyed watching Emmeline grow from the toddler room to the primary room and embrace her creativity, independence, self-assuredness, and respect for her peers. The lessons learned at Baan Dek go beyond academic and we have confidence that they will continue to have positive influences throughout both our daughters lives. ” - The Chaplin Family

  • The Soares Family

    Testimonials

    “Since our son started with Baan Dek we have noticed wonderful and positive changes in his behavior.  The mixed-age classroom allows him to model behaviors that he sees from the older children. The Montessori approach works well with our child's inquisitive nature.  We strongly believe that the Montessori classroom is already helping him become an even better big brother.  Our family is very excited for the day that our daughter is able to attend Baan Dek.” - The Soares Family

Baan Dek

Our Story

We started the way most schools start, with three students, in one classroom, and a shared vision for the future of education. Inspired by the Montessori centenary, which we celebrated by the opening of Baan Dek, we were animated by the insights of Montessori. Growing slowly allowed us the opportunity to focus on what matters most: offering children a singular environment to explore their interests and grow as learners.

Founders

Founders

Our founders have a simple motto, one that encapsulates their life’s work: “Do what you love, love what you do.” It’s also a Montessori principle. If you follow your interests, you’re more likely to succeed, and to be passionate about your profession. Actually, it won’t seem like work, it’ll just seem like play. Surprisingly, perhaps, but that’s how all Baan Dek students learn. Through exploration, concentration, and practice, they develop the confidence needed to pursue their ambitions.

Our Hope

If there’s one ambition at Baan Dek, it’s to impart to our students the sense that anything is possible. Possibility, after all, was once, itself, impossible. Imagine, for instance, telling the founders of Google, Montessori students themselves, that it was inconceivable to organize the world’s information, making it universally accessible and useful to anyone. With an environment that fosters confidence, supports creativity, and nurtures the imagination, we truly believe that our students learn how to embrace their limitless potential.

Baan Dek
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Baan Dek

Our Team

  • June George

    June George

    Head of School: Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, June has a BA from Chulalongkorn University and a Master’s from the University of Warwick. June obtained her AMI Diploma from the Montessori Training Organization in London, England.

    Hobbies:
    Film + Photography + Cooking

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  • Bobby George

    Bobby George

    Creative Director: Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bobby has a BA from Lehigh University and a Master's from the University of Warwick. Bobby completed his PhD in Philosophy at Kingston University.

    Hobbies:
    Film + Design + Architecture

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  • Angela Leinen

    Angela Leinen

    Admin Assistant: Angela graduated from the College of St. Benedict, where she holds a BA. The individual nature of Montessori, as it concentrates on each and every student, resonanted deeply with Angela.

    Hobbies:
    Music + Skiing + Reading

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  • Alexandra Dooyema

    Alexandra Dooyema

    Admin Assistant: Alexandra joined us working in an administrative capacity, but has since branched out, not only helping in the classrooms, but also taking over our After-Care program.

    Hobbies:
    Drawing + Movies + Reading

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  • Ingrid Geiger

    Ingrid Geiger

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    Primary Directress: Originally from Germany, Mrs. Geiger received her Association Montessori International training from the prestigious Montessori Internationales Ausbildungszentrum e.V. training center in Munich, Germany, in 2006.

    Hobbies:
    Cooking + Hiking

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  • Sarah Skaff

    Sarah Skaff

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    Assistant: Sarah graduated from the University of Nebraska, where she holds a BA in Education. She is currently attending the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis to become a Primary Directress.

    Hobbies:
    Walking + Reading + Crocheting

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  • Charlotte Wood

    Charlotte Wood

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    Primary Directress: Originally from California, Charlotte has a BA from San Diego State and a Master's from the Loyola University. Charlotte completed her AMI training at the Montessori Institute Northwest.

    Hobbies:
    Knitting + Cooking + Reading

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  • Kaylee Jones

    Kaylee Jones

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    Assistant: Kaylee holds a BA in Education from the University of Nebraska. She joined us in 2013, becoming an assistant in the toddler environment, but has since started her primary training.

    Hobbies:
    Writing + Reading + Music

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  • Jamie Bauer

    Jamie Bauer

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    Toddler Directress: Jamie graduated from Northwestern College, where she holds a BA in Education. She's received her Association Montessori Internationale training from the Montessori Institute of Denver.

    Hobbies:
    Reading + Running + Knitting

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  • Kate Hauck

    Kate Hauck

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    Assistant: Kate went to Northern State University, where she majored in Education. She joined us in 2014, as a toddler assistant, where she hopes to learn more, to eventually become a trained Montessori directress.

    Hobbies:
    Knitting + Reading

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