The first kindergarten in Bucharest offering the Montessori curriculum received the U.S. Embassy’s Entrepreneur of the Month award for November, a press release informs on Tuesday, H.E. U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm attending the event.
The award was hand out to Ana Maria Brezniceanu, the school founder.
“As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship week and International Education Week, I applaud very heartily Ms. Brezniceanu for founding the Montessori School of Bucharest. Ana Maria embodies the main qualities of an entrepreneur: resourcefulness, passion and originality. Romania’s sustainable economic development needs this type of innovative, entrepreneurial and creative citizens. Today, we recognize Ms. Brezniceanu for doing a very important part in building the Romania of tomorrow – a more entrepreneurial and better educated Romania of tomorrow,” Klemm said.
Ana Maria Brezniceanu spent three years in Canada pursuing a doctoral degree in global education and studying various educational approaches, including the Montessori Method. Upon her return to Romania, Brezniceanu was unhappy with the kindergarten options available to her child, both in the public space, as well as in the private.
In 2007, she opened the Montessori Kindergarten of Bucharest serving eight children up to age six. This was the first kindergarten in Bucharest offering the Montessori curriculum to receive authorization from the Ministry of Education.
In 2014, the school’s success and steady growth led Ana Maria Brezniceanu to open a middle school to offer the Montessori curriculum to older children. Today, the Montessori School of Bucharest has grown to an institution serving 140 children, with 22 teachers and teaching assistants, serving students up to age 12.
“Ms. Brezniceanu’s passion for children’s education and her entrepreneurial spirit gave other parents in Romania an additional choice in education with high academic standards. She recognized an unfulfilled market niche in Romania’s educational space and a strong parental desire in choice for their children’s education,” U.S. diplomat pointed out.