Loyola University Maryland has named career teacher and school administrator Jack Rice director of the School of Education’s Center for Montessori Education.
Rice comes to Loyola from the Canberra Montessori School in Australia, where he has served as head of school since 2010. He was previously head of school and director of education at the Montessori Country School in Ontario, Canada.
“Jack’s breadth of experience in education, exemplary academic qualifications, and demonstrated ability in educational administration and strategic planning will position him to move Loyola's Montessori education program forward,” said Joshua Smith, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “He is a committed, passionate advocate for Montessori education, and we are confident Jack can direct our center to a place of national and international prominence on Montessori education in urban spaces.”
Montessori education is growing consistently in private, charter, and traditional public schools in Baltimore, other American urban schools, and around the globe. There are more than 4,000 Montessori schools in the United States and thousands more in countries on six continents.
“I'm thrilled at the opportunity to take a leadership role at a prestigious institution that is already on the forefront of Montessori teacher education,” said Rice. “Loyola's School of Education consistently produces Montessori educators who are recognized for their commitment to excellence in their field. My goal is to build on Loyola's proven success and break new ground, and I'm honored to accept that challenge.”
Rice has extensive experience learning and working in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at Canada’s York University, a certificate in Montessori Primary Training from the Toronto Montessori Institute, and a degree in Specialist Science Education from the University of Toronto. Before he was director of education at the Montessori Country School, he taught mathematics, business, and science in Ontario for 14 years, at schools such as Banting Memorial High School, Collingwood Collegiate, King Square Collegiate, the Ontario Science Center, and Niagara College.
He currently serves on the Head of School’s Advisory Committee of the Montessori Australia Foundation, the executive committee of the Association of Independent Schools (Australian Capital Territory), and as a member of the Independent Primary School Heads Association (Australia). He is also a longtime associate scout for the Atlanta Braves and previously served as a board member of Baseball Ontario and vice president of York Simcoe Baseball. Baseball Canada certified Rice as a national coach in 1998.
As director of the Center for Montessori Education, Rice will provide leadership and oversight for Loyola’s three Montessori graduate programs. He will be responsible for expanding relationships with Association Montessori Internationale affiliate institutes across the United States and exploring opportunities for international institutes to join the center. He will be tasked with increasing enrollments in those programs in addition to working with state departments of education in Maryland and Virginia to include teacher certification options for students attending the Washington Montessori Institute located in Columbia, Md.
Rice begins serving as director on Feb. 3, 2014.