Clever Education Solutions (CES) was born out of a desire to bring a tailored solution to the management of Montessori schools. Two of our co-founders’ experience with several school management systems did not provide the features they wanted in administration and classroom management at a cost their school could afford. Therefore, they began keeping track of what they wished an ideal system could do, and decided to develop their ideal Montessori school management software. They enlisted additional expertise of a Montessori parent who had worked in education software development for many years, and a recently retired spouse. The team of four partners was formalized and started developing the product they had been envisioning for years.
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Like many, Dominique came to Montessori through her children. AMI trained at the Primary level (3 to 6 years old) and AMS (6 to 12), Dominique’s career spans 25 years as a Lead Teacher of Primary/Children’s House and Upper Elementary, as well as holding the position of Head of School of two schools – Adams Montessori in Quincy, MA and Follow the Child Montessori (FCM) in Raleigh, NC, from which she retired in August 2020. Dominique’s commitment to authentic Montessori education and dedication to professional development was a driving force behind the successful growth of both schools. Dominique’s experience as a Montessori educator and administrator is now driving her to develop a school management tool specifically designed for small and medium-sized Montessori schools.
As the spouse of a Montessori teacher and Head of School, Serge knows too well the complexity, dedication, and energy this profession requires. As a Montessori dad, he also knows the benefits of the Montessori system, as their daughters grew up to be caring, strong-minded, and successful young women. Serge brings his 40+ years of vast business experience, which encompasses mechanical engineering, business development, and operations management, including several years in the medical-device industry. His ability to combine his boots-on-the-ground approach with a no-nonsense leadership style has allowed him to thrive in fast-paced work environments. He is now ready to contribute his skills and talent to this new endeavor.
Katie is a Montessori-school alum and holds the position of IT Director at Follow the Child Montessori School (FCM), in Raleigh, NC. Katie has been a catalyst for many administrative projects at FCM, including multiple data migrations and transfers between various systems, along with research and implementation of those programs. Her understanding of core-system setup along with her end-user experience provides her with the ability to see a system in its entirety—not just as a developer or as a client, but as both combined. Her love for data and attention to detail has allowed her to enjoy this area of work while wanting to develop a product that could do more and in a simpler way than what she had encountered.
Blake is the father of two young girls; the eldest has been part of a Montessori community in three states, and his younger daughter will be attending Adams Montessori in Quincy, MA next school year. Blake is currently sitting on the Board of Directors of Adams Montessori School and formerly sat on the advisory board of an educational technology company. Blake spent over 10 years in education technology leading a private K-12 school Department of Information and Instructional Technology, education technology (Ed-Tech) consulting, and leading development in an online school serving high school and secondary educational programs. Blake has contributed to several Education Technology events both as presenter and participant where he enjoys sharing best practices.