Our School Director
TMIS Founder and Director
Isabelle Abad Turner is the founder and director of The Montessori Inclusive School. She was born and raised in the Philippines. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration on human development, child psychology, and family studies. Isabelle Turner furthered her studies and obtained her Montessori Primary Certification from The Montessori Teacher Preparation of the US, Montessori Institute of America.
Her professional career started with a stint in an international Montessori school in the Midwest and went on to serve in different capacities as a Lead Teacher in Primary and Pre-Primary classrooms and Resource Teacher in Lower Elementary with a focus on specialized educational support. Upon moving to Austin, she brought her experience and joined several schools in teaching, administrative, and consulting capacities.
In the past years, Isabelle Turner has been responsible for starting the Montessori program of a large secular-based educational institution in the Austin area. From the ground up, she oversaw curriculum planning, staff development, parent involvement, community engagement, physical space renovation, and overall growth. From a single classroom, the program grew to include a robust enrollment and its own building all in a span of a few short years. When the pandemic occurred, Mrs. Turner and her team successfully transitioned all classes to virtual learning in a matter of days, ensuring a continuity of the students’ quality education. The year 2020 brought both professional and personal changes as Isabelle Turner devoted more time to her family in emotionally supporting her children in this trying moment. Coincidentally, a charming little house tailored for preschool became available. With her family’s support, she decided to take a leap of faith and open an amazing Montessori school. Thus, The Montessori Inclusive School is born.
Isabelle Turner’s children are products of Montessori. Her son was part of the inaugural class of a Montessori charter school. Her daughter who has been a part of the public school’s preschool special education program since age 3 has been thriving partly due to Montessori practices at home. It is Mrs. Turner’s lifelong goal to incorporate Montessori practices into all learning needs. True to the belief that learning is lifelong, Isabelle Turner strives to stay current with today’s best practices and educational research while staying true to her Montessori roots. She is pursuing her Master’s in Education, specialization in Special Education, and hopes to include other disciplines as The Montessori Inclusive School grows. Isabelle is excited to be active in the Cedar Park and Williamson County areas and give back to this community.