Mission Statement

At the heart of Sunrise Montessori is our investment in the whole child: framing the development of each individual physically, intellectually and socially, while creating an atmosphere in which the spirit of each child can flourish.  Sunrise does not simply follow a teaching pattern, but develops the unique focus for each child that shapes his or her experience according to individual needs.

Sunrise Montessori School is inspired by the original “Casa dei Bambini” established in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori.  Judy Egenolf
opened Sunrise Montessori in Santa Barbara, California in 1976.  It was then owned and directed by Al and Annelise Keys for 28 years.  Felicia Danon North is the current owner and Director of Sunrise Montessori School. 

     Ms. Danon North received her American Montessori Society Certificate in 1995 and taught and served as assistant director in a dual language program in Seattle.  In 2002, she joined the Sunrise staff as a teacher, and purchased the school and began her tenure as the Director in 2007.  She brings a deep love and
creative appreciation for young children into the classroom, augmenting the program through her abilities in gardening, music, and languages.  Her extensive international travel and
experience growing up and living overseas has deepened the geography, languages, and with a love of culture.

     Sunrise Montessori has continued to grow and deepen its commitment to education over the past nearly 40 years. Our teachers are devoted to continuing their own education, and
routinely attend local and national conferences and workshops. All of our lead teachers have received their Bachelors degree, as well as specific Montessori training through American Montessori Society.  In addition, all assistant teachers have either an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, or are completing their Bachelors degree.  All of our teachers are certified in infant and child first aid, CPR and the use of an AED (Automatic Defibrillator Device.) 

     Our dedication to education, our own and that of our students, is entirely so that we may bring their very best to your child, while they are here at Sunrise.