Minnette Taylor grew up in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she felt she would never enter college. In 1998, she started to pursue her career in early childhood education. Minnette graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Management and Early Childhood Education including a Master’s degree in Montessori Education. This is where she began to realize that an early childhood structure should be more than just watching children, playing, eating, and sleeping.
Growing up with dyslexia, Minnette spent ten years instituting methods on how to learn how to educate young children. Studying and practicing Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy, Minnette discovered the tools she needed to provide children the opportunity to discover the world in an experiential learning environment; giving children a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions, and much more.
In 2014, Minnette became the founder and Executive Director of Mini Montessori Academy which is a nonprofit that mentors and trains urban community’s early childhood educators in using the Montessori philosophy in their classroom. Minnette has conducted Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy at state and local events surrounding the Pennsylvania region. She has presented topics on Scaffolding Mathematics using Montessori’s Philosophy, Scaffolding Language to Create Readers, Scaffolding Science while Building Literacy, The Components of a Quality Lesson, and Assess Before “U” Teach.
In 2018, Mini Montessori Academy has provided Montessori services to 168 children and has mentored 21 teachers located in five early childhood programs around the Delaware Valley. Minnette’s goal is to touch 1,000 children by 2025 by given them a high-quality education through the support of program directors, early childhood educators, and their parents.
Minnette believes children are our future and without them, there is no future for us as a society. In order, for children to build a future for themselves, their families, and for others, the foundation of education must be delivered in a positive peaceful way for children to rely on within their culture. This starts with the parents and teachers creating a learning platform for children to perform tasks that involve independent behavior to reach their own educational destination.