Why Roxbury Roots?
Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. is the vision of its founder, Renee Jolley, who wished to address a need by bringing the magic of Montessori education to a community that looked like her. Having taught in the Montessori classroom for years, she desired to have a local program that would benefit children who derived from Afrocentric backgrounds and families from all backgrounds who wished to expose their children to multiculturalism within the classroom. The program began as a parent-child initiative, educating parents on how to complement their little learner's education at home. It grew into a small, home-based program offering care to six families and now seeks to serve more children by becoming a center-based program. Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.
From the time Kendall Allen was a child, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. As time evolved, that dream shifted from solely desiring to teach to also hoping to shift the educational experience for children by designing and opening her own school. Her commitment to alternative forms of education, hands-on learning opportunities for children, and positive self-image work guided her in the process of considering a model that would meet the needs of all children, with a particular emphasis on children of color. Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc. envisions those goals.
Having met and connected through the Wildflower Diversity Initiative and trained in the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center together, Renee and Kendall embarked on the journey of opening a school together. This school is the culmination of their dreams and hopes for a brighter future for our children!
Renee A. Jolley
Co-Head of School
Renee is a life-long resident of Boston and has a special love for Roxbury. She has a passion for teaching young children and has been working in childcare for over 30 years. She has been teaching in Montessori education for the last 13 years and is now realizing her dream of opening a Montessori school in Roxbury.
Kendall A. Allen
Co-Head of School
Kendall is a passionate educator who has been working with children and adolescents for the past 15 years. She holds a license in Middle School English/Language Arts Education and has recently completed her Montessori Training for the primary classroom, in addition to her ongoing work with women, children, and families from a holistic and spiritual lens at UmmIman.Org.
Meet the Team
Dedicated & Certified
Meet the Board
Ambrose Davis-Lawson is a
Clinical Business Analyst at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA. Ambrose worked in the Healthcare administrative and patient access delivery system for the past thirty years. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the school's mission.
Board of Directors
Marisa Luse is a long-time community activist, Roxbury native, mother of two, and a social entrepreneur with over 20+ years of non-profit and community
health experience. She is excited to share her expertise on the board.
Michelle J. Sausen
Board of Directors
Micki Sausen is a Teacher/Leader and Head of School at Dandelion Montessori in Somerville, MA. She has been a Montessori teacher for close to 35 years and an administrator for the past 6 years. As a fellow Wildflower, she is eager to see Roxbury Roots thrive!
Frequently Asked Questions
About Us FAQ
What is Montessori Education?
What are Our Principles?
Why African-Centered Education?
How Will Students Benefit from Roxbury Roots Montessori, Inc.?
Students will thrive in the beautiful Montessori environment guided by trained teachers and nurturing support staff. An environment where “following the child” is the focus, observation is a daily task, and supporting a child's independence is built into the philosophy of teaching and learning, as well as the daily schedule.
What are Wildflower Schools?
What is the Wildflower Network?
After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.
What are the Tuition and Hours of Operation?
Hours & Tuition
Full Day: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM -- $14,500 September-June
Half-Day: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM -- $12,500 September-June
Before School Care: 8:00 AM-9:00 AM :: $50/Week
After School Care: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM :: $100/Week
Late June to early August -- $3,000 for the 8-week program.
Next session Summer 2021
What is the daily schedule for Roxbury Roots Montessori?
The school opens at 7:00 am each day.