Welcome to Creative World School at Gateway!
Creative World is dedicated to the education and development of young children. Families who have visited a Fort Myers, FL preschool, childcare, or daycare center will immediately see the difference when they visit a Creative World School.
If you are looking for a quality learning experience, staffed with amazing teachers, look no further. All Creative World Schools are unique and more than just a day care!
Now introducing our Bridge the Distance program for School Age students! Our Learning Coaches are ready to partner with you and help keep your student on track as schools begin Distance Learning. We are equipped and ready with a quiet & social-distanced environment to help with school work, homework, time management, organization, and so much more.
We are in this together! Contact us about our flexible learning options for your elementary student.
What Makes Creative World School a Good Neighbor?
Our Creative World School is located in Fort Myers, FL, in the Gateway community, conveniently accessible near interstate I-75. Our beautiful community school will educate the young children of families who live in this area. We will enrich this awesome community with our Early Education School.
You will see iSTEAM in action when you visit our Creative World School Exploratorium™. Our hands-on approach integrates STEAM learning opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and investigate real-world ideas. Investigating real questions through inquiry learning is the foundation of our curriculum. Inquiry is the “i” in iSTEAM and encourages a student’s curiosity as they develop problem solving skills and build a foundation for lifelong learning.learn more
ownersAmy and Chris O'Malley
Amy and Chris O’Malley find it an honor and privilege to be the proud owners of Creative World School Three Oaks, Preschool at the Lamb, and Creative World Gateway. They moved to Estero, Florida from Massachusetts 9 years ago and feel fortunate to live in the community they serve. They have three wonderful children, Mairin, Alison and Liam. Their daughters graduated from the Preschool at the Lamb program and their son is currently attending Creative World Three Oaks. Amy taught at the Preschool at the Lamb for three years, and also worked for Lamb of God Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries and taught chapel to the children at the preschool for two years. Chris has been in the corporate/business world for over 20 years. While Amy and Chris were in the hospital welcoming their son, Chris shared that he wanted to explore becoming a Creative World School franchisee. He had researched many other franchise opportunities in the past but wanted to own something that would allow them to make a positive impact in the local community. Creative World seemed like the perfect combination of interests for both Amy and Chris. Amy's passion and experience working with young children, and Chris’ financial and business experience, convinced them that an early childhood franchise would be a rewarding adventure for the entire family. Amy said, “Creative World School was an obvious choice as our two daughters had received an amazing education and I was familiar with the philosophies and curriculum components. We also appreciate their commitment to providing the highest level of care and education to children. Everyone in the organization has the utmost integrity and their decisions as a company always revolve around a desire to care for the well-being of the entire child. We both truly believe in Creative World’s innovative approach to learning. Who wouldn’t want to work in an environment that celebrates the curiosity of young children by continuously providing opportunities to inspire their imagination and encourage their development!” The O’Malleys are extremely committed to the development and growth of young children. At their schools they strive to offer a stimulating and educational experience, while promoting each child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. They maintain the goal to support children’s desires to be life-long learners and achievers by providing the highest level of quality care and education in the safest, most secure environment available. Amy feels that that children have an unlimited potential and Creative World is the unique and supportive environment to encourage their growth. Amy is on site each day providing operational support to the schools. Chris maintains a full-time job outside of the schools while providing financial and business development support for each of their locations. They would love to meet your family and share with you all the extraordinary qualities of Creative World Schools.
Jeanne Shimazaki is the Director of Creative World School at Gateway. Jeanne attended Towson State University in Maryland where she studied child psychology and early education. She spent 3 years in Hawaii, where she interned in her first Montessori school. This led to an amazing opportunity to teach in Japan. In Japan, Jeanne completed her Montessori training in both English and Japanese. She taught in International Montessori schools for 5 years and was the voice for Kumon's ESL program, before opening her own Montessori school in Tokyo where she developed her own ESL curriculum. She owned and operated her school for 15 years. Jeanne is a deep believer in the philosophy of hands on learning, empowering children to engage and direct their approaches to learning. Jeanne spent 25 years in Japan, before coming to Florida 6 years ago. Prior to coming to Creative World, she was the Director of the Bonita Springs Growing Room. She is a proud and dedicated mother to 3 boys and loves every minute of being a Mom. At home Jeanne and her family speak Japanese and English. She enjoys traveling, Japanese flower arranging, experiencing new cultures and going to the beach.
We absolutely love everything about Creative World! The staff is so friendly and the facility is gorgeous! My daughter is so happy to go to school every morning! She constantly surprises us with new things she has learned!
11961 Fairway Lakes Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
6:30am - 6:30pm, M-F
Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Preschool, VPK, Pre-K, School Age
(239) 208-8842 | Office