Free to Fly: the Malone family

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

As part of our “Free to Fly” campaign, students, teachers, alumni and families are sharing their stories, telling what MMS means to them and how Montessori education lifts up children, our community and our world.


This is the Malone family story:


Why did you choose Montessori for your family?

We feel that the Montessori environment is flexible enough to conform to each individual student’s learning style, which allows them to uniquely develop and thrive.

How has Montessori impacted your family?

We have learned how to apply some of the Montessori teachings in Connor’s home life to foster his independence and nurture his development of his own identity.

What brought you to Mountaineer Montessori School?

We relocated to the Charleston area from Georgia over the summer.  Connor had been attending a Montessori school there and we wanted to continue in a Montessori environment to help him transition to our new hometown and because he was thriving in the classroom.  We were thrilled to find a well-established Montessori school here.

What makes MMS special to you?

We sense that when the concept of a “MMS community” is discussed, it is not just lip service.  In our short time at the school we have all felt welcome and included.  Connor loves going to school at MMS and looks forward to going to school each day.

Do you have a favorite “Montessori Moment”?

The thing that stands out to us is when Connor came home from school and told us how nice the kids and teachers are in his classroom.  It has greatly helped his transition as we moved to the area.

Our campaign theme is “Free to Fly.” Can you share how Montessori has helped your child soar?

Connor now enjoys writing creative stories, where in the last academic year he would resist free writing in his journal.  He has really enjoyed the strings program and loves practicing at home for his little brother.


Connor, Judi, Luke and Daniel Malone



Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

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