Our Head of School

Welcome to The Fulton School.

Whether you're a prospective parent, teacher, current parent, or a casual browser, we welcome you to our online presence here.  

We believe that children learn best by touching, hearing, tasting, and experiencing life. At The Fulton School, everything the student experiences is purposeful, from the preschoolers setting the lunch table and the sixth graders running the school store to the Upper School students planning their own camping trip. Our students are absorbing, growing and learning every minute of the day.  

We also believe that children should LOVE school. That may sound impossible, but our students do love school, they love learning, and they love sharing what they've learned. We encourage this love through relevant, hands-on, and student-centered teaching. While every school teaches students to read, write, recite, and compute, Fulton School faculty and staff partner with parents to help raise your children alongside you, challenging them and nurturing them along the way.
Dr. Montessori talked about teaching to the whole child. This means that we consider and acknowledge their social, emotional, and psychological development in addition to their cognitive development.  She hypothesized that if we address all of a student's needs, rather than merely their academic needs, that student would reach a greater potential.  Over a century later, educators know that her hypothesis was correct and it is a major element of our mission at The Fulton School.  We hope to give our students the time and space to grow into the adults they were meant to be. We hope to give them a better childhood.
If you are interested in finding out more about our school, we would love to send you information or, better yet, let you experience who we are!
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Kara Douglass



Kara Douglass has served as the Head of TFS for the last 13 years. She has also been a Montessori teacher, counselor and principal at various schools, including The Bullis School in Maryland and Academie Montessori in Belgium. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and German Studies from Rice University, as well as her Master’s in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. Douglass has served on the board for the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) and currently serves on the Independent Schools Association of the Central States’ (ISACS) Accreditation Review Committee. She is an instructor of child development with the Hope Montessori Educational Institute.