Kristen Fiorino joins KHMC as Executive Director
With the news that Marybeth Schneider, KHMC’s Executive Director for the past 17 years, would be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year, the executive search team began the quest to find a new leader. After an extensive process that included multiple in-person interviews, shadowing with the entire KHMC staff, and soliciting feedback from the staff and board, we are thrilled to announce that our new executive director is Kristen Fiorino.
Kristen comes to KHMC from Hamilton County Education Service Center, where she supervised Early Head Start Home Educators. Before that, she led Theodore M. Berry Head Start Preschool for seven years. But her true love is Montessori, on which her education and certifications are based. Kristen’s experience as an administrator, combined with her respect for the principles of Montessori, warm personality, and organizational skills, convinced us that she’s the right person for the job.
Although Marybeth is irreplaceable, we feel that our school will be in great hands with Kristen. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her.
The Board of KHMC
Kristen Fiorino Snapshot:
- B.A. in Early Childhood Education & Montessori Ed. – Xavier University
- AMS Montessori Certification (Ages 3 – 6) – Xavier University
- B.A. Business Management & Marketing – University of Cincinnati
- HCESC Early Head Start Home Base Supervisor
- Theodore M. Berry Head Start Education Supervisor
- Intern at Dater Montessori
“I am so excited and honored to have been chosen to be KHMC’s new Executive Director! To find an opportunity that is a ‘dream come true,’ quite literally giving me the opportunity to fulfill my hopes and dreams in a place where I have belonged all along!
“According to Maria Montessori, ‘The definition of a school is a prepared environment in which the child, set free from undue adult intervention, can live its life according to the laws of its development’ (Standing, 1998, p. 118). She also said, ‘The child is endowed with unknown powers, which can guide us to a radiant future. If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities’ (The Absorbent Mind, Montessori). My personal Leadership/Educational Philosophy agrees wholeheartedly with the above, along with the following: knowledge, love and respect for the Montessori philosophy, support for staff, families and the community, the use of active listening principles, effective planning for the future, collaboration internally and externally with the community and other educational/non-profit supporters, team building, and most of all, love and respect for children and families.
“I am married to my husband Steve, and I have two sons, Aiden, 16 and Sebastian.”