Loyola University Maryland has named career teacher and school administrator Jack Rice director of the School of Education’s Center for Montessori Education. Rice comes to Loyola from the Canberra Montessori School in Australia, where he has served as head of school since 2010. He was previously head of school and director of education at the Montessori Country School in Ontario, Canada. “Jack’s breadth of experience in education, exemplary academic qualifications, and demonstrated ability in educational administration and strategic planning will position him to move Loyola’s Montessori education program forward,” said Joshua Smith, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “He is a committed, passionate advocate for Montessori education, and we are confident Jack can direct our center to a place of national and international prominence on Montessori education in urban spaces.” Montessori education is growing consistently in private, charter, and traditional public schools in Baltimore, other American urban schools, and around the globe. There are more than 4,000 Montessori schools in the United States and thousands more in countries on six continents.