M. ELIZABETH HEARD CLARKE, Head Teacher, has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, with additional courses in upper-level Spanish and history. She had post graduate work at the University of Texas at Dallas in education, philosophy, management, instruction, and curriculum. She has Montessori Certification through the National Center for Montessori Education, Houston, and has many years of teaching experience in Montessori and Catholic schools. She sings in her parish choir and is a soloist. She completed her Montessori internship at Saint Nicholas in 1988 and returned to the school in 2010. She is bilingual (Spanish) and serves on the Board of Directors of GPO, Inc., the General Partnership of the school and ranch entities.