Meet Our Leadership Team



Sam Grant got his start in early childhood education in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Sam started by working at summer day camps and eventually developing and operating his own hockey camps and gym programs for childcare centers and elementary schools. After owning a total of 7 centers in Montreal, he expanded to the U.S. with his purchase of the former Northtree Learning Center in Lake Worth in 2013. After an extensive renovation of the existing facility and a revision of the programming, Sam was proud to welcome children to the newly opened Summit Kids Academy.


Director of Client Relations

Fran Shellard is truly thankful for her local community. In fact, it is through her close community ties that landed her at Summit Kids Academy back in 2002.  At the time, she was Head of Auxiliary for her child’s Little League team in West Boynton Beach. One of the parents she worked with was the owner of the childcare center which would evolve to become Summit Kids Academy, and hired her in 2002 as a teacher.

She soon became Assistant Director, and then Director, receiving her Director’s credential. She brings her innate sense of warmth and her love for community with her to work each day, making sure that the families at Summit feel at home at the center. Fran offers tours to prospective families, follows up regularly with current families, and oversees communication between staff and the center’s families.

The mother of six kids and grandmother of two, Fran’s youngest three children all attended the center, her daughter taught at the school, and her grandchild enrolled at six weeks of age. In her time away from the center, this native New Yorker enjoys spending time with her family, doing puzzles, and cheering on the New York Giants and New York Yankees.

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