Text mmsworld to 76278-MMS 2020 Annual Appeal


Text mmsworld to 76278


Peace. Kindness. Creativity. Critical thinking. Leadership. Responsibility. Community. 

These are just a few of the values that the world needs now–and which are at the heart of our mission at Mountaineer Montessori School. 

Founded in 1976, MMS is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school, offering a world-class, child-centered educational experience to 145 students ages 3-14 right here in the heart of Appalachia. 

“What the World Needs Now,” the 2020 Annual Appeal, provides essential funding to help us meet the growing demand for high quality academic options in our community and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers, problem solvers, community builders and visionary leaders.

Your gift will help our school: 


The goal of this year’s campaign is $25,000. We plan for 100 percent school participation to reach this goal. Every gift of every size matters and makes a difference!


Thanks to your generous contributions to 2019 fundraising, MMS:

At MMS, potential is empowered and the future is inspired. With your support, we can continue to elevate education and our community by nurturing what the world needs now.


Please text mmsworld to 76278 or give here today!

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2020 Annual Appeal Ambassadors

We invite you to meet the 2020 Annual Appeal Ambassadors and learn what the epic MMS experience means to our students, families, alumni and staff.



“We get a lot of peace of mind knowing that we are providing the best education for our family that is not only teaching them information, but helping them be curious, creative and respectful… for us, kindness and leadership are particularly important. We want our children to be kind to others and the environment and to help through positive leadership.” 

Enybe Diaz and Brandon Merritt, with Lucia (Lower Elementary), Oliver (Primary) and Sammy 


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“What makes MMS special is that everybody doesn’t have to learn the same thing at he 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… What I like best is the kindness of the students, teachers and administrators.”

Christopher Hicks, Upper Elementary student  

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“As an educator, I appreciate the high level of focus on professional development and am excited to be in a community where my learning and growth is also important… MMS offers opportunities for students to explore their musical and artistic interests in specialized classes as well as through integration in the general classroom. Creative expression is truly a part of the culture at MMS.

Emily Christian, Upper Elementary I Lead Guide

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“We appreciate the family atmosphere and love our children receive from every single person at Montessori. They are respected and treated like equals and taught to respect others the same… We have observed our children learn responsibility early with their work environment. their daily chores. and peers… As they grow, we see it move from the classroom to each community they are a part of.”

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

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Critical thinking

“At MMS, I was encouraged to pursue wide ranging academic interests and follow my intellectual curiosities. I learned how to draw connections and identify points of intersection.  Time and again, I returned to the well of that connection-drawing that I developed through the Montessori experience… the critical thinking skills I honed at MMS have left a lasting impact on my academic and professional pursuits. It was the academic freedom at MMS that permitted me to forge my own process of critical assessment.” 

Max Gottlieb, MMS alumnus, attorney; BA, Georgetown University, J.D. Washington and Lee School of Law. 

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Please text mmsworld to 76278 or give here today!


The 2020 MMS Annual Appeal theme was inspired by this whimsical painting, “What a Wonderful World,” created by MMS Middle School students in partnership with Charly Hamilton.