Welcome from Our Director
Abintra develops confident, self-motivated learners who creatively meet the challenges of life.
How we accomplish this vision is through discovery, what many would call Eureka moments: Bursts of awareness that make children want to repeat experiences and learn more, based on new awareness.
At Abintra, discovery leads to a daily joy of learning in our youngest students—the joy of discovering how a new number results from adding or dividing; from seeing a vital plant spring from a seed that is given sun, soil, and water; or—one of the most exciting discoveries—that a box of cut-out alphabets contains ALL the words in a dictionary!
The joy of learning that results from individual discovery continues through elementary and middle school. Abintra students don’t learn simply “what;” they learn “how.” As you look over our website, you will see students actively engaged in learning through discovery. You will see students collaborating with teachers who guide the process of discovery that leads to learning and growth.
For one child it is the revelation of the scientific principles that govern the universe; for another it is the thrill of leading the first classroom community meeting; for still another it is understanding the mysteries of cube roots and pi. This active-learning approach requires supportive guides. Abintra’s faculty is comprised of life-long learners who understand that continued self-examination is key to great teaching.
This is an environment built on respect between adults and children that extends throughout our community and environment. This respect is reflected in our effort to preserve nature on our campus, our inclusion of children with all abilities and learning styles, and diversity that is pursuit of understanding and appreciation of differences among those in our community.
Sherry Knott, Abintra's Executive Director since 1996, has served as parent, trustee, and guide since enrolling her two children at Abintra in 1991. She graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia and an Ed.S. in Montessori Education from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Sherry has worked in public schools and nonprofit development. She has volunteered for the past 20 years in local politics, the Tennessee Prison for Women, and on Northwest Davidson County environmental issues. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She led Abintra in achieving SACS accreditation in 2007. Sherry's son and daughter are both Abintra graduates.