Sister Barbara Jean Ciszek was the Founder and Principal of the Montessori School at the Cardinal Bernadin Early Childhood Center, St. Boneventure Campus. She was a member of the American Montessori Society and an expert in language and aesthetic development.
The Montessori method of education was founded in 1906 by Maria Montessori, an Italian physican and specialist in early childhood development.
Bee Jay, was called clearly and early to both teaching and religious life. She declared her intention to teach at age 5. She took her vows as a Catholic nun at age 19. Toward the end of her career she was called to Africa and made several visits to Nigeria. At the time of her death a school was being built in Nigeria in her honor.
She was a member of the Congregation St. Joseph LaGrange.
Sister Barbara Jean Ciszek 1946-2015, age 68