A Rich History in Early Childhood Education and Development
Developing The Concept
Mary Linsmeier began her teaching career when her own eight children were young. As an elementary school teacher, Mary’s experience taught her that a child’s interest in learning was greater when the lessons taught were simple and engaging.
In the 1960s there was a lot of new research that revealed the importance of the early years in a child’s development.
After studying other methods of teaching, including the Montessori method of education, Mary concluded when several of the human senses are involved in the learning process, children would enjoy and have greater retention of the lessons and concepts being taught to them.
In 1964 Mary and Frank Linsmeier opened a for-profit company called Mary Linsmeier Schools. Mary was in charge of the preschool program and Frank was in charge of the business. It was located in the Redemption Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. It was a 2 ¼ hour preschool program for children aged 2 ½ to 6 years old. It had one classroom with 2 teachers and a capacity of 22
children. Both teachers had Bachelors Degrees.
As a mother, Mary wanted what other parents wanted for her children – to provide children with excellent early childhood education.
In the early 1970s, Mary Linsmeier schools received requests from working parents to provide enriched, individualized, academic preschool programs for their children along with a complete early childhood developmental activity program. These parents were very conscientious and concerned about the welfare of their preschool-age children and were seeking high-quality education and care. Mary Linsmeier adapted to these concerns and continued to grow.
A Brighter Today & Tomorrow
Mary Linsmeier Schools today are still committed to our individualized education programs, where our teachers help build your child’s self-esteem and confidence through education success. All of our locations, as they were from the start, are housed in schools, educational wings of churches, or near hospitals. Many of our locations open early in the morning, giving working parents the opportunity to enroll their child at times that work for their schedule. Children are accepted without regard to race, color, creed, sex, handicap, national origin, or ancestry and always will be.
We look forward to the opportunity to help guide the next generation of extraordinary citizens.