MCH Blue Bell
Established in 1964 in the historic “Square Shadows” building, Montessori Children’s House in Blue Bell is set back from the road on the private, wooded grounds of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Indoors you’ll find specially prepared classrooms designed to create a learning environment that cultivates freedom of choice, concentration, social interaction, independence and proficiency in basic life skills. Our spacious, shaded playgrounds have separate areas for younger and older children, playing fields for sports and games, and paved surfaces for riding toys.Montessori Children’s House is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, equal opportunity, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing families with quality education. Admission is open to all children ages 18 months – Kindergarten.
Marsha Hirschhorn, Principal of Montessori Children’s House in Blue Bell comes to us from the former Bayt Yeladeem Children’s House, and the Beth Sholom Montessori program in Elkins Park where she served as director and lead Montessori teacher. Before discovering her passion for Montessori education, Marsha worked for 15 years as a trainer and consultant in the field of staff and organization development. As Principal, she is dedicated to supporting, serving, and further building the Montessori Children’s House community of children, families, and educators.
Marsha is an active member of the American Montessori Society, the International Montessori Foundation, and the Montessori Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, and has taught in the Montessori training program at Chestnut Hill College.
Marsha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication from Temple University. She earned her Montessori Early Childhood certification from the AMS (American Montessori Society.)
To Marsha, “the most important goal of a Montessori education is to prepare children to join the larger community as self-confident, joyful learners and peace-oriented citizens of the world.”