Holly Venable, Co-founder/Director

Holly completed degrees in English, Psychology and Social Work before switching tracks to work in advertising. In 2000, she took over as Managing Director of Three in a Box Illustration where she represented artists in the UK and Canada for fifteen years.

Her daughter’s experience in Montessori proved transformative and prompted her to co-found The Orchard Montessori School with Melody Incledon in 2012. In 2015, Holly completed her Elementary teacher training and has since received her Model UN and Model UN Bureau qualifications, World Peace Game Facilitation and restorative yoga teacher training. She developed and taught Orchard’s elementary program with Katherine Schweizer for two years. Holly now leads students aged 11-14 years on rich, immersive practical and academic investigations in The Orchard Lyceum, a school and gallery she co-founded on Queen Street West in September, 2019

Holly spends her free time writing, traveling, gardening and absorbing creative inspiration from her two children. Her favourite subjects at school are poetry, botany and geometry.