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Overview
  • Programs
  • Our Team

Canterbury Academy at Shawnee Crossings first opened its doors in 2006 and we strive every day to create an enriching preschool environment where children can blossom and grow.

Our caring staff utilizes a Montessori-based approach to education which gives our young students every opportunity to get the most out of these precious early years. Our students are encouraged to be active and creative explorers, as well as independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. Thanks to the flexibility built into our Ascend Curriculum, each child is educated as an individual and encouraged to progress at his or her natural ability while still reaching desired age-level goals.

Our Preschool’s Programs

  • Infants Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year)
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2.5)
  • Preschool (ages 2.5 to 4)
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5)

Our Montessori Philosophy

Our primary objective is to create enriching learning environments that encourage social, emotional, creative, and cognitive development. The Montessori-based Learning Centers we have in each of our daycare and preschool classrooms are continually filled with content-rich activities for young children to explore. We believe that every child has the ability to learn and to teach, and that a child who enjoys learning will always seek challenges in life.

Our preschool and daycare programs are based upon the Montessori principles of self-direction and experiential education. We promote a thoughtful and sensitive atmosphere in each classroom, and we support cooperation between children as they learn from one another.

Kindergarten Readiness

Ascend Curriculum LogoProviding your child an exceptional early education is a central part of our preschool’s promise to you. Our skill-based Ascend Curriculum allows us to work towards important milestones across 9 different subject areas every month. We start introducing important skills in our Infant and Toddler classrooms and continue to build valuable skill sets in our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs. 97% of our full-time Pre-K students tested at an advanced readiness level for kindergarten in 2017 and we will continue to focus on Kindergarten Readiness so that future classes will also be excited and ready for the big transition into elementary school.

Getting to Our Preschool

Canterbury Academy at Shawnee Crossings is in western Shawnee just to the southeast of the intersection of the K-7 and Shawnee Mission Parkway. If you’re traveling on Shawnee Mission Pkwy, you’ll want to turn south on Hilltop Rd, then west on Midland Dr. If you’re on K-7, turn east on 75th St and immediately north on Midland Dr. Our preschool center is at 22900 Midland, Shawnee, KS 66226.

Our Team

Taylor McQuinn

Taylor McQuinn

School Director

Welcome to Canterbury! My journey in early childhood education began in Northwest Missouri where I obtained my degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from NWMSU— Go Bearcats! I am from Maryville, Missouri and moved to Kansas City in 2016 with my husband Jason. Together, we have one daughter, Evelyn. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family, friends and our dogs!

I have been an ECE teacher in all age groups, and truly do not have a favorite! I have been working as an Assistant Director with Canterbury Academy for the past 4 years. My passion for working with young children has led me to a rewarding career that I love each day. I look forward to making Canterbury a place as nurturing as home for you and your loved ones.

Nicole Arnott

Nicole Arnott

Assistant Director

Welcome to our school! My name is Nicole and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Pittsburg State University and 26 years’ experience working with children. I have been a classroom teacher, education coordinator and center director. I am married with two children and have two dogs. My daughter Cass is a teacher here at Canterbury and my son Dylan is attending JCCC. I love to travel and we have taken our children to 45 states. I also love to spend time with my family, cuddle with my dogs and drink coffee.

Preparing Your Child to THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.