Montessori school opens on Main Street Kathy Lindaman started the school in First Baptist Church to help families have another option during COVID-19.   Because of COVID-19, parents are seeking more nontraditional schooling and day care choices than ever before, and another option just opened in downtown Sarasota.   First Montessori Academy on Main greeted its first batch of students Sept. 8. The school is located in and partially supported by First Baptist Church on Main Street.   It was founded over the summer with the intention of providing a safe place for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Class sizes are limited to 10, and school leaders have been trying to cater to families with multiple children to allow for limited exposure between families. The early-learning school serves children between 18 months and 6 years of age.   The school was started by Kathy Lindaman, who has more than 30 years of Montessori experience as both a teacher and former operator of two Atlanta-based Montessori schools. She came out of seven years of retirement to start the Sarasota school.   “I chose to do it because of COVID-19 and the protests,” Lindaman said....

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