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Montessori Method Touted by Business Leaders

Barbara Ervin
Mike Switzer
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  If you are a regular listener to this program, you know how important the topic of education is to our state's business community.  Gaining traction with some leaders that are looking to reform our education system is the Montessori method of early childhood education.

Mike Switzer interviews Barbara Ervin, Director of Montessori Education at Lander University in Greenwood, SC.  Other resources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/04/05/the-montessori-mafia/
http://www.scpr.org/blogs/economy/2012/03/09/5028/montessori-its-good-business/
http://www.public-montessori.org/

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.