The Suzuki School’s number one priority is to create an environment where children can learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally. We foster leadership and responsibility among our students and encourage curiosity and independence. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without our amazing teachers and associates. That’s why we specifically seek and hire educators who enjoy teaching young children and consider it a long-term career path. At Suzuki, our staff is passionate, encouraging, collaborative and prepared—every day—to make a difference in children’s lives and help develop their growing minds. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
All of our teachers are an integral part of the Suzuki team and truly make a difference in the school and their communities. We take pride in their excitement and passion for early childhood education, and their genuine interest in whole child development.
Ms. Dorian Lumpkin is one of these essential and exceptional team members.
Ms. Lumpkin became a teacher after obtaining her Psychology degree and realizing she wanted to be a positive influence on children. She also attended a Montessori school as a child, and appreciated the learning structure and style — an appreciation that ultimately led her to us.
“Suzuki implements a comprehensive approach to Montessori in the classrooms and offers a very positive teaching and learning environment,” said Lumpkin. “They have long-term views and goals for a child’s education, and I immediately knew that was something I wanted to be a part of.”
Having been at Suzuki’s Buckhead campus for almost five years now, Ms. Lumpkin loves showing and teaching kids how to do things, even everyday tasks that we sometimes take for granted as adults.
Learning the Montessori Way.
Ms. Lumpkin starting teaching before the Montessori Teacher Education Institute opened, but jumped at the opportunity to be a member of the inaugural class. She was amazed by the training she received and the compassion she experienced. She also found it valuable that the training program incorporated the Montessori Method.
“We sat on the floor, played games, interacted with each other and learned, firsthand, the Montessori process around intentional activities and learning,” said Lumpkin. “We dug deep into activities we’d actually be using in the classroom — a learning experience I will be forever grateful for.”
A Suzuki Programs Pioneer.
And not only was Ms. Lumpkin part of the training center’s first class, she was also fundamental in getting some programs started at Suzuki.
She helped create a teacher mentorship group at the Buckhead campus to address challenges and strengthen campus-wide communications and practices. And she helped lay the groundwork for a partnership between The Suzuki School and The Atlanta Children’s Shelter, where Suzuki teachers can volunteer to teach homeless youth, encourage their engagement with everyday tools, and reinforce self-help skills.
“Children deserve a good education,” said Lumpkin. “I’m hopeful that partnering with organizations in our community will be a good way to expose children to new people and experiences, and help teach and strengthen important life lessons.”
Qualified & Professional Teachers — Year-Round.
At the Suzuki School, we help foster whole child development both inside and outside of the classroom. We want to provide parents with long-term results by cultivating independence and self-directed learning early on. And we’re committed to hiring the best talent and offering opportunities for education and training to do just that.