The Montessori Academy in Northern Kentucky appoints new director

The Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy appointed a new director on Friday.

Lisa Dieso was selected by the school’s board of directors. She will serve as the Principal / General Manager and is currently the Academic Director at the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education.

“Lisa Dieso is well respected in the Montessori community and uniquely qualified to serve in the leadership role,” said Rob Lewis, Chairman of the NKMA Board of Trustees.

The current headmistress Julia Preziosi will retire in late summer after a career of more than 30 years in Montessori education. She took over the management of NKMA in 2004 and since then the number of enrollments has increased by 90%, according to a press release. The school was also accredited by the American Montessori Society.

“We will miss our daily interactions with our leader Julia Preziosi very much, but I am confident that NKMA will continue to thrive and grow because of the solid foundation it has built,” Dieso said in an announcement. “I am honored and proud to continue the legacy of excellence in Montessori education and look forward to creating an educational environment in which every child will succeed.”

NKMA cares for children ages two to twelve and has an enrollment of over 100.

The school offered hybrid education, virtual experiences, and classroom experiences during the pandemic.

A new school building is in the early stages of planning.

Dieso lives in Union with her husband and two children.

-Staff report

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