Montessori Preschool at Ezra Academy

  • Lana Gad, Montessori Preschool Director

    Lana was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and graduated from the University of Cape Town. She received her Montessori Training through the London Montessori Centre, and came to the United States in 1993. Lana has been a Montessori teacher and administrator for over 20 years.

Message from the Director:


Ezra Montessori Preschool is a happy, purposeful community, where children are actively engaged in all areas including science, math, language, and the arts. Teachers observe and facilitate, challenging each child and helping to build confidence, skills, and independence.  A teacher may be presenting an activity to one child or a small group, at other times gathering the entire class to sing, read, act out a story, or share news.


When you walk into our classroom, you will see children following their interests individually or in small groups. You may observe a child painting at the easel, a few children reading books, perhaps someone peeling and slicing carrots, or preparing freshly-squeezed orange juice, watering the plants, or mopping up a spill. One child may be sequencing cylinders from large to small, another pairing pictures of insects, two singing the continent song together, others rolling out playdough.


We aim to be an indoor-outdoor classroom as much as possible, appreciating and learning about nature and caring for our garden. Our program is infused with Jewish values, celebrating our rich heritage and traditions through stories, songs, art, drama, and baking challah each week. The children choose their activities under the teachers' guidance, and learn to be positive participants, along with their peers, in our preschool community and in the wider Ezra community.


We offer full-day and part-day hours for children from two through five years old. Please contact us to arrange a visit and see Montessori Preschool at Ezra Academy in action.


I look forward to meeting you!

Lana Gad




We are enrolling now for summer camp and for Fall 2020. Learn more about our program and come for a tour with Lana! Call 203.389.5500 or email to register, receive more information, or speak with our Admissions Director, Jessica Khazak.


Please note that children must turn two years old by December 31st of the school year for which they are enrolling.