About Us

Ladybird Montessori School was founded by Niki and Justin, practitioners of the Montessori Method.

The school is located on 14.5 acres. Ladybird is currently expanding and will eventually have classes through 8th grade, a farm, co-op garden, makers space, and more.

Call to schedule a tour and learn more about Ladybird Montessori today!

Niki Foster, Owner

Niki is an accredited teacher in the State of Texas, who received her Bachelors degree in Applied Sociology, and received her Masters degree in Education from Texas State University in the Fall of 2013.​

In 2016, Niki received her certification from the American Montessori Society (AMS) in the 3-6 environment from the Houston Montessori Center. In 2021, Niki completed her American Montessori Society Administrator Certification from the Houston Montessori Center and will also be attending a Middle School Certification program in Houston over the summer of 2022. Niki believes that educators should be lifelong learners themselves and will continue to attend trainings and certifications throughout her career to ensure she is growing as an educator and leader for Ladybird Montessori.

Justin Foster, Owner

Justin earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Texas State University and then went on to receive his Masters degree in Communication at Colorado State University.

Niki and Justin decided to bring the Montessori approach to Buda, TX because Montessori​ views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. This approach values the human spirit and the development of the whole child— physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. (American Montessori Society)

​​This approach is what Niki and Justin want for their own children and their own children attend Ladybird Montessori and serve as inspiration to them as they create each new classroom and program.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to prepare every student socially, emotionally, and academically to be fulfilled individuals who make a positive contribution to their family, society, and environment.

What Sets Ladybird Apart?

We focus on the whole child

Every child at Ladybird has an academic work plan that is customized to their specific learning needs that not only focuses on academics but also social emotional intelligence, being a global citizen, the environment, music and arts, and a Spanish program that is provided by Mariposas Spanish School for Kids.

Montessori Certified Educators

All of our Lead Guides are highly educated professionals with Montessori Certifications. They are masters of their trade. Our Lead Guides are the foundation and heart of our program here at Ladybird Montessori.

14 acres of Experiential Learning Opportunities

Ladybird Montessori is located on 14 acres that includes a working farm, walking trail, gardens, outdoor classroom spaces, and numerous playgrounds. Ladybird Montessori is in the process of preparing to break ground on a new Makerspace and covered pavilion.