2020 Annual Appeal Ambassador: Christopher Hicks


Mountaineer Montessori empowers the potential in each child and creates an inspired future for our students, community and world.

Founded in 1976, Mountaineer Montessori is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school, offering a world-class educational experience to 142 students ages 3-14 right here in Charleston. “What the World Needs Now,” the 2020 MMS Annual Appeal, will provide critical funding to help us meet the growing demand for superior academic options in our community and sustain our 44-year tradition of excellence and innovation in education.

As part of our campaign, MMS students, families, teachers and alumni are sharing their Montessori stories to highlight what epic education means to them and the impact our school has made.

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What makes MMS special to you?

Christopher Hicks

What makes MMS special is that the students don’t have to sit at a desk all day like other schools. Everybody doesn’t have to learn the same thing at the same time. I get to learn at my own pace and work with physical materials instead of worksheets. Working with other students helps accomplish things faster and helps me to understand things better. The small school size means there is more attention from the teachers than I would get in a bigger school. It feels like the teachers really care about us.

What do you like best at MMS?

I like the kindness of the students, the teachers, and administrators. I enjoy the physical activity and education we receive. Some of the writing prompts we get are really fun.


MMS nurtures the qualities and skills needed today more than ever. Which are important to you?

Kindness because a lot more people will like you. Creativity because you can come up with things other people would think of. Cooperation because you can get more things done.


Any favorite “Montessori Moment” from over the years?

I really enjoyed going to the Hurricane wave pool during Campessori! It was one of the best experiences ever. The giant slides were wonderful.  The slides were a bunch of colors and I loved going up and down the slides.








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