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Road to Success

Throughout 2024, the Office of Childhood (OOC) will share “Roads to Success,” a collection of stories from professionals working in childhood programs, such as home visiting, early intervention, child care, Head Start, preschool, and afterschool. There are many roads to success, but each story is as unique as the professional who is sharing it. You can view previous editions of Roads to Success as well.

This month’s "Road to Success” focuses on Robin Galloway from Smithville, MO. Robin owns Smithville Montessori Academy II. She graduated from Missouri State University with an undergraduate degree in communications and worked at a news station before entering the insurance field. After having her children, Robin pursued a Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society. Robin opened Smithville Montessori Academy II in 2002 serving infants through kindergarten age children.

Robin worked for about 13 years and began to recognize children and families needed more support in the early years. So, she enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for her master’s in social work and graduated in 2018 as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Robin can now provide children and families ethical therapeutic support with her multifaceted background.  

Later, Robin enrolled in the birth to three, infant/toddler certification through the Center for Guided Studies. This course is an 18-month course, focusing on birth to three child development, following the Montessori method of education Robin is working though the program accreditation process with the International Montessori Council.

Robin shared, “There are different alternatives to teaching in early childhood. If you are really getting the training and education to work with the children, you do not have to narrow yourself to just one area. The field has dramatically changed. Quality education is where it is at!”

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