2020 Annual Appeal Ambassadors: The Wilbur family

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?

Melissa and Richard Wilbur with Rowan (Upper Elementary) and Macie (Lower Elementary

We chose Mountaineer Montessori because they were highly recommended in the community for their unique style of teaching.  I was aware of how successful other children were in school and how excited they were to learn.  So, when we moved to Kanawha City it was a must.   We viewed a classroom full of young children intently working (learning) and moving throughout with purpose. We were very intrigued and have called Montessori home for seven years.

What makes MMS special to you?

MMS is special to us because our children love their school.  They are excited to go each morning and return with excitement on what the day presented.  There is more than general academics being taught; the whole child is being developed and that is special.   The smile on all the children’s faces warms the soul and makes you feel you have made a great choice.  




What do your children like best about MMS?

I believe they like best the family atmosphere and love and they receive from every single person at Montessori.  They are respected and treated like equals and taught to respect others the same.  It fosters a safe and rewarding environment.   


MMS nurtures the qualities and skills needed today more than ever. Which are these important to you and how to you see MMS developing them in your child?

Community and responsibility. Montessori focuses on both.  We have observed our children learn responsibility early with their work environment, their daily chores, and peers. This responsibility is part of the classroom and school community.  As they grow, we see it move from the classroom to each community they are a part of.  Taking responsibility for yourself and the community around you can only lead to better outcomes.  


Any favorite “Montessori Moment” from over the years?

Primary pin punching.  It’s a great amount of work to punch out each state or country.  Our daughter worked very hard and had chapped lips for weeks from concentration. 

As parents we enjoy the annual gala.  Each year there is a class project the children work on and is auctioned off.  We enjoy seeing all the wonderful creations that are made and raising money for the kids.

Give now or text mmsworld to 76278