MUST BE MONTESSORI - Behind the Brand

Gemma Locke

Mom, Montessori Teacher, Entrepreneur, Peach Tea Connoisseur, Lover of Musical Theater and All Things Navy, Outdoors Enthusiast and Wannabe Chef

After having worked in post-secondary and early childhood education for almost a decade, I discovered Montessori out of necessity. You see, my own son was struggling emotionally and academically in a traditional classroom. We enrolled him in supplemental classes, hired a tutor and got him involved in extracurricular activities as well. And although it helped, it wasn’t the solution.

My son is happy and he’s thriving.  He is now the best version of himself!

Why? Because he is given the space to grow and learn using methods that complement his abilities. Montessori education has boosted his confidence and he is excited to attend school every day. He knows that he’s a valued and respected member of his classroom and community - and it shows! 

I became an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified teacher. 

Little did I know, that was just the beginning. Seeing firsthand how a Montessori education had impacted my son, I felt the need to promote Montessori as much as I could. 

My son expressed interest in being a “store owner.” Together, we decided to start Must Be Montessori as a way to model for him the steps necessary to run a business and give him a hands on, Montessori learning experience. 

But, Must Be Montessori is not just for us!

Today Must Be Montessori funds unique work-from-home opportunities for educators. We partner with educators that have so much to offer and are passionate about Montessori, but are unable to commit to a traditional work schedule.

We offer Montessori-at-Home memberships for everyone. Our at home curriculum allows parents to guide their children through their Toddler and Primary years while giving them an enriching Montessori experience.

We provide free resources for those who are new to the philosophy and looking for answers, ongoing support for current Montessori families and teachers alike. 

But we can't do it alone. 

With the strong support of our members, direct sales from our shop and the generosity of our donors, we hope to continue our work.  



I hope to show my son that his pursuit of business can be a solid foundation, not only for himself, but also for his community and the world at large. 

We are so glad you are here! 

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