The Legacy of Sister Anthonita Porta, OP, PhD

Sister Anthonita founded the teacher education program here in Adrian in 1991 and was the Executive Director until her death in 2009. Before entering the Montessori field in 1969, Sister Anthonita had 18 years of experience teaching traditional education at the elementary level. After becoming a Montessorian, she founded the St Joseph Academy, Montessori Children’s House in Adrian, Michigan with Sister Leonor J. Esnard in 1971. Sister Anthonita was the administrator of the Academy until 1993. In 2002, Sister Anthonita was named a Living Legacy by the American Montessori Society.

In addition to her teaching and her ministry of education, Sister Anthonita worked tirelessly as an advocate for children, the poor and the disadvantaged.

Sister Anthonita granted scholarships to at-risk children so they could have the opportunity to attend St Joseph Academy Montessori Children’s House. Sister Anthonita also granted adult scholarships to qualified applicants attending the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (ADMTEI).

 ADMTEI continues Sister Anthonita’s mission.

The Sister Anthonita Porta Legacy Fund is dedicated to providing the opportunity for teachers to become Montessori certified so that they, in turn, may provide children love, care, and the freedom to learn. The Fund works to keep tuition and program costs affordable for all, and may occasionally grant scholarships to in-need adult learners.

Contributions to the Fund can be made on-line via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account:


OR by check or money order
made out to "Anthonita Porta Legacy Fund" and mailed to:

1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian MI 49221


  • Working laptop computer and/or smartboard for classroom presentations
  • Subscriptions to Montessori Journals for our library
  • Updated professional development materials for our staff, including newer DVDs and reference materials and funds for attending conferences
  • Up-to-date Montessori and early childhood reference books for our library

Please consider a donation in memory of Sister Anthonita's Birthday, March 9

If you have materials to donate, please contact our office for information on dropping them off or mailing them.



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