Dedication of Louisa Procter Early Childhood Education Center
The Louisa Procter Early Childhood Education Center at The International School of Minnesota officially opened on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
In addition to our new and returning Husky Community, representatives from local businesses, and our parent company, SABIS® Educational Systems, INC., we had the privilege of welcoming Mayor of Eden Prairie, Ron Case, who after a tour of our facilities honored us by cutting the ribbon at our official dedication ceremony.
Louisa Procter was a pioneer in education and one of the two founders of the first school in what is now the global SABIS® Network. In 1886, Miss Procter, in defiance of all odds, societal norms, and external pressures, cofounded a school for girls in a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Three years later, after much success, the school opened enrollment to boys in response to parents, who wanted their sons to have access to the same, high-quality education that their daughters were getting.
Miss Procter worked tirelessly at the school until the end of her life in 1907. Her work shaped the lives of generations of students who used their education to make a difference in the world.
Over 133 years later Miss Procter's passion for education, grit, and determination is reflected in schools throughout the SABIS® Network. Particularly in ours where her legacy will be forever preserved in our state-of-the-art Early Childhood Education Center. Miss Procter introduced education to an entire village in the 1880s, and so it is fitting that the section of our school dedicated to children just beginning their education carries her name.
Today, more than 70,000 children are educated at SABIS® schools in more than 20 countries around the world - including ours in Eden Prairie, Minnesota!
We are so grateful to be part of an organization that is committed to improving lives through education and honored to celebrate the legacy of Miss Louisa Procter.
1829 - 1907