2020 Annual Appeal Ambassador: Emily Christian


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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Why did you choose Montessori for your family?


Emily Christian
Lead Guide
Upper Elementary I

Small classrooms and individualized instruction, inclusion and integration of students with a wide range of abilities, and diversity of the student body drew us to MMS. After our children visited for the day their excitement for learning and moving to West Virginia was noticeable, they couldn’t wait to get here and settle in.


What makes MMS special to you as an educator?

As an educator I am appreciative of the high level of focus on professional development for staff.  I am excited to be in a community where my learning and growth is also important.  When working in my classroom we are conscious of meeting the students where their skills are and moving forward, this is something a lot of schools talk about but MMS actually internalizes in our approach.




What do your children like best about MMS?

Our children enjoy the freedom to explore topics of interest and share their enthusiasm for learning openly.  They are curious about the world around them and are happy to come to school each day in an environment where that is respected and supported by all.


What was it like coming to the school as a new family?

John, Bennett (Lower Elementary), Penelope (Upper Elementary) and Emily Christian

We were new to West Virginia as well as MMS, so there were a lot of adjustments to be made.  The children fell in love with MMS last year, and when I was asked to come on board as a faculty member I couldn’t have been more excited.  


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

CREATIVITY!  MMS offers opportunities for students to explore their musical and artistic interests in specialized classes as well as through integration in the general classroom.  It is wonderful to see a wide variety of forms of expression supported and explored by adults and children alike, creative expression is truly a part of the culture of MMS.




What is your hope for our students?

My hope is that every child feels safe in learning and carries the innate drive to learn forward with them throughout their lives.  I have a strong belief that every individual can learn, grow, and progress in their own way and I wish for my students to leave my charge with a motivation to learn and grown throughout their lives with the confidence and courage.

Give now or text mmsworld to 76278