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March 05, 2014 - Montessori School of Clarkston, 10439 Ortonville Road, hosts an Open House, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

New owner and Director Lisa Morse will host the event.

"When I visited the school for the first time, I was so impressed with the beauty of the school and its materials," Morse said. "And it didn't hurt that I also fell in love with the village of Clarkston. Everything just felt right."

A Michigan native, Morse is relocating from Chicago to pursue her dream of owning her own Montessori school and providing a quality education for young children.

She takes over the school from DeeDee Campbell, owner and director of Montessori School of Clarkston for over 10 years.

Campbell put the school up for sale in December 2013, and by mid-January she had a number of interested parties.

"As soon as Lisa and I started to talk, I just knew she was the one," Campbell said.

Morse has 15 years of Montessori experience, including teaching and administration. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University in Family Community Services and a Master of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in K-12 Educational Administration. She is certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS) in both Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood.

She will officially take over as owner and director in June, when Campbell and her husband Dave relocate to Austin, Texas to live near their children and grandchildren.

Additional Open House dates are being planned for April and May.

Montessori School of Clarkston will offer programs for children aged 18 months to 6 years. For more information, contact DeeDee Campbell at 248-620-2190 or msoc1@comcast.net.

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