RAY GIRN received an BSc with honors from the University of Toronto, with a focus on philosophy and neuropsychology, as well an AMI Montessori teaching diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Prior to founding Higher Ground, Ray had a 13-year career with LePort Schools, teaching science and math across the elementary and middle school ages, while developing and documenting a unique, discovery-learning approach to these subjects systematically. In 2010, he took over LePort as CEO, where, in 5 years, took the company from a small, local family business of 3 schools to the largest Montessori operator in the United States. In 2016, Ray founded Higher Ground Education, to create an international platform to drive the spread of high quality, high fidelity Montessori programmes.