Orla Black
Director of Programs
"I read my first Montessori book at age 13 and was hooked. I knew that I wanted to work in the area of early childhood education and the Montessori approach made complete sense to me. What a joy to be able to choose tasks that interest you and to be able to proceed at your own pace in a non-competitive environment. MSGH is the perfect match for me as a staff member and for my own two children who attended school here. Our community advocates for the child and therefore the focus always remains on the child."

Orla has been involved with Montessori education for over 29 years. She spent 20 years as a Primary level classroom teacher—17 of them at MSGH—and now holds the position of Director of Programs.

In addition to her role supporting teachers and offering support to parents at MSGH, Orla designs and plans our recess programming, which has grown over the years to include a variety of guest educators and artists to augment what is offered by our staff and enrich the experience for the children. She also serves an important role in our community as a support to future educators. She responds to and coordinates the observations for those seeking to become Montessori teachers, and she is a regular guest lecturer at area colleges for non-Montessori education majors. Orla is a teacher, and whether she is in or out of a classroom, her passion for Montessori education ensures that the child’s experience remains at the core of the work being done in the classroom.

Orla graduated from the University College Dublin in 1986 with a degree in Psychology and English and completed her AMI Montessori training in Ireland in 1988.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling and reading. Her two sons graduated from MSGH.