Lewis Campbell

Lewis Campbell

Zimtor is staffed by a single teacher/director, Lewis Campbell. Lewis attended progressive schools much like Zimtor from preschool through eighth grade and was homeschooled from ninth through twelfth grade. He holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, where he earned licenses in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary education. He also holds a Montessori primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. He has worked with young children over a period of more than forty-five years.

Lewis is a widower. He has a twenty-six-year-old daughter Anne whom he homeschooled from sixth through twelfth grade. Anne now works as a translator for a large marketing company in Nagoya, Japan.

Every effort is made to have a second adult in the classroom at all times. This adult is typically a volunteer parent or a student teacher.

As enrollment warrants, a second teacher and classroom will be added.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Amos Bronson Alcott about 1860. Alcott, the father of Louisa May Alcott, opened the Temple School in Boston in 1834. Based partly on Pestalozzi's methods, discipline was handled by the school as a whole and independent thought was strongly encouraged. Louisa May Alcott wrote, “My father taught in the wise way which unfolds what lies in the child’s nature, as a flower blooms, rather than crammed it, like a Strasbourg goose, with more than it could digest.” Amos Bronson Alcott's book about the Temple School, published in 1836, created widespread denunciation of the school, especially for Alcott's discussions with students questioning the literal truth of the Bible. The school rapidly lost enrollment and closed after only a few years of operation. For his few admirers, though, Alcott was an important innovator in progressive education.