Unpack your leadership

Discover your intrinsic motivation,
identity, and value of your
Montessori project.

Determine how to develop an
educational business strategy
and build internal processes.
Learn to plan a budget, promote,
and select your team.

You will be able to open your own
Montessori school or take an
existing business to a new level.
Upgrade your school!

About the course

October 1, 2023 — February 15, 2024

4,5 months of intensive learning, online sessions,
and practical work

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,”
says Peter Drucker. And we agree with this.

Are you the owner of an educational project or are you just planning to become one? Are there questions in your head:
“What could be improved?” or “Where to begin?”.
Hello! We are the founders of the international network of Montessori schools, Hopscotch Montessori, Iryna Drozdovska, and Jeff Frank. Our network was created by a multicultural team; our roots are in the heart of New York City, our campuses are in two countries around the world, and we do not plan to stop. We want to share our experience, which we have been bringing to the Montessori community for over 14 years.

We invite you to embark on a journey whose main goal is to create and grow a successful and unique educational project. We will be your guides and help you build a convenient route to your destination. So, get ready! All 9 weeks we will work hard together, share secrets, important insights, and grow.

Who is this course for?

Directors and leaders of Montessori schools

Make your educational project even better. Get a whole picture, identify weaknesses in management, and develop a clear action plan. You will increase the profit, scale your business, and take it to the next level.

Those who want to open their own school or preschool

Dare to start your own business thanks to the win-win tools from our guides. Learn how to minimize risks when starting an educational project. You will be able to avoid typical startup mistakes and establish a successful business from scratch.

Managers and administrators who want to become leaders

Master all the necessary leadership skills, learn effective management, and take a leap in your career growth and earnings. You will hone all the necessary skills to make the schools you manage even better.

What will you learn?

Leadership thinking

Get to know the history, styles, and principles of leadership. Develop your leadership skills and personal ethics. Learn how to establish a positive school culture, motivate the team, and plan development strategically.

Develop an educational product

Find your school's identity and design the program. Create school policy and learn how to write educational plans.

Find and retain customers

Understand who your client is and what your competitive advantages are in the market. Learn how to conduct market research, build a brand and corporate identity. Study online promotion tools and ways to communicate with clients.

Manage finances

You will define how to make a budget and its projections. Explore investment opportunities. Learn how to keep track of the costs and profitability of the enterprise.

Build logistics

Define how to find school premises and negotiate successfully with landlords. Understand lease agreements and partnership opportunities. Study the parameters of the environment, and the use of space, as well as its design.

Select a team

Familiarize yourself with staff structure and job responsibilities. Learn to bring in new people and build team consistency. Detail how to organize coaching, professional development, and training for employees.

Manage operational processes

Master the accounting and tracking of customers. Understand documentation for parents, everyday operations, and communications. Learn how to conduct tours and draft contracts. You will be able to plan the growth and development of the school.

Build a community

Learn to understand your parents and communicate with them. Explore "customer-centered" as a philosophy and understand how to shape parental relationships. You can organize events for families and create your own traditions and holidays.

How will the learning take place?

1. Watch the materials at a convenient time
Study theory and practice in real cases.

2. Do practical assignments
Solve problems after each route and consolidate knowledge.

3. Work with a guide
Get feedback on each work in live chats and during live online sessions. They will be held every 10 days in the evening after work.

4. Complete the final work
Receive a ready-made business strategy and a certificate of completion of the course.

5. Meet with your cohort online
Brainstorm ideas.
“In order to establish a successful educational project, it is not enough just to understand the technical issues. Documentation, logistics, finance, marketing... Yes, it's important, but these are purely material issues. And there are intangibles, much more important - these are the emotions that an educational product carries. It is why the parents come and why they stay. It takes the atmosphere, personal contact, a sense of community, boundless trust, connection between the teacher, parent, and child. When everyone on the team does a little more than they can and should because they are burning with an idea. We will teach leaders how to create this highest level of quality and service, how to be bold and have no limits for growth.”
Iryna Drozdovska, founder
and CEO of Hopscotch Montessori

Course program

Route 1
Entrepreneurial skills

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Vision (2 parts)
  • Strategic planning
  • Developing entrepreneurial skills
  • Personal ethics
Route 2
Leadership thinking

  • Leadership journey
  • Montessori principles for leaders
  • Positive school culture
  • The art of communication
  • Personal experience, mistakes as a growth tool
Route 3

  • Space design
  • Environment planning
  • Home for a school
  • Partnership
Route 4
Marketing and advertising

  • Who is your client?
  • The client's journey
  • Marketing research
  • Brand building and corporate identity
  • Social media and website
Route 5
Finance and budgeting

  • Terminology and general concepts
  • Investments: budgets and projection
  • Accounting for costs and profitability of the enterprise
Route 6
Development of an educational product

  • School identity
  • School policy
  • Program design
  • Unpack your year: pedagogy and educational plans (2 parts)
Route 7
Service Design

  • Silent Journey
  • Educational events for parents
  • Customer orientation as a philosophy
  • Communication with parents
  • Understanding the parent
  • Traditions and holidays (2 parts)
Route 8
Human potential

  • Hiring the right people
  • Welcoming new people
  • Personnel structure/job responsibilities
  • Professional development and training
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Building your team
Route 9
Operational management

  • The art of sales
  • Documentation for parents
  • Daily operations
  • Everyday internal and external communications
  • Planning for school growth and development

Your guide, Iryna Drozdovska

“My journey from starting a small preschool to an international network of Montessori schools was full of events, inspiration, work of a strong and unique team, passion of amazing people and love for everything we do.

As soon as I graduated from high school, I immediately knew that my interest and direction was entrepreneurship. I thought it was inevitable! Already at the age of 19, I decided to open my first business - an advertising agency. It was incredibly interesting. I managed to combine the theory of economic university with practice in the company. Entrepreneurial experience was essential on my path to becoming a Montessori school leader and owner. Every journey begins with the first step!

I have always been passionate about international relations and different cultures - this is how the idea of opening small cozy schools with quality education and service, which would serve not only the local community of the city, but also foreign families, was born. Thanks to our partnership with Jeff Frank and our shared dreams, 4 schools have been created.

Hopscotch Montessori today serves 270 families in total, working with children aged 0-12. We are located in the hearts of NY and Kyiv, with big plans for the future, such as Tokyo and Toronto. These are spaces where every child is wrapped in unconditional love and respect; every parent is heard, and an atmosphere of service and help is created. In our company, every person is important, and every detail matters.

I want this course to inspire you to start new projects or take a fresh look at an existing business! One of my goals is to give you hands-on experience so you can learn and innovate all at once. We will share all the strategies, methodologies, tools, thanks to which you can create your own educational space from scratch."

Your guide, Jeff Frank

“Throughout my journey, I have gone from seeker to student, teacher to mentor, and then to partner and school leader. At first, leading the school community seemed strange and unfamiliar; a new role for which I had no formal training. I made mistakes, but I had no choice but to learn quickly and adapt to the exciting prospects before me.

Mentorship and collaboration, as well as patience, self-reflection, and inspiration, have become the tools necessary for growth. Although, I continued to study, many articles, books, trainings, etc. were derived from an adult’s perspective and lacked the essence of a child. Iryna has consistently guided Hopscotch and our focus, bringing our attention back to children, deepening our philosophy.

Leadership in Montessori is about the child, who is always in the spotlight as a hope and a promise for people and our future. At Hopscotch Montessori, we consistently apply this concept in our daily communication and work, from school leadership to classroom teaching, and even in our personal and professional relationships.

This idea inspires and motivates me to explore and share new approaches to leadership that embrace pedagogical, psychological, personal, professional, and even spiritual aspects in a coherent philosophy based on our work in schools and with children.”

As a result

A complete database of current approaches to leadership in Montessori education and an understanding of how to apply them in practice.

A developed strategy for the development of an educational business and an effectively built work process.

Hopscotch Montessori certificate of course completion.
Group option
Personal mentoring of our guides
with checking and consulting assignments
Payment can be accepted from individuals and legal entities.
We are waiting for you and happy to answer all your questions personally! Please write to us: info@hopscotch-hub.com


There is no reference to place and time. Each lesson is delivered as an individual movie that you can enjoy at any convenient time. Expect high-quality content: picture, sound and musical accompaniment and systematized knowledge.
Our journey will last 9 weeks, and you will have access to materials-memories for an additional three months.
Long-term access
We will help you personally. You will receive personalized feedback from our guides in chats and during live online sessions. Together we will rethink your project, look at it from the outside, develop it, and breathe new life into it.
You will work with real cases, documentation, and practical tools. You will practice the acquired knowledge on homework and will be able to immediately implement it in your business. You will also have the opportunity of hands-on, in person observations in our schools.
The Hopscotch HUB will be a permanent platform for Montessori leaders all over the world. You will be able to share experiences, find answers to your questions, and get support from other leaders.