2021 Annual Appeal Ambassadors: Danny Zanabli

Mountaineer Montessori began its 45th year of excellence and innovation in education this fall.

While many things have changed over the years–including program expansions and a new campus–our mission remains the same: creating a better tomorrow through service to the child today.

Founded in 1976, Mountaineer Montessori is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school, offering a premier, child-centered educational experience to 178 students ages Toddler-Middle School right here in the heart of Appalachia.

“Creating the Future, One Child at a Time,” the 2021 MMS Annual Appeal, provides essential funding that enables us to lead, adapt and meet the growing demand for superior academic options in our community and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers, problem solvers, community builders and visionary leaders.

Text mmsfuture to 76278 or visit the campaign platform to give now

As a part of the campaign, MMS students, families, teachers and alumni are sharing their Montessori stories and the impact they’ve had on their lives.


This is Danny Zanabli’s MMS story:

Danny Zanabli and his mother, Nasrin Zanabli


What makes MMS special to you?

I like how each person can learn at their own pace, which is different from traditional schools that give all students the same work and a deadline. Montessori tailors its education to each student. Some of my favorite memories are working with my friends on projects like the egg drop. Another experience I enjoyed was a trip to Spruce Knob where we camped outside and learned life skills, like how to make a campfire and how to find your way back with a compass.




Nasrin, why did you choose MMS for your child?

Danny is the youngest of my three children. My oldest son, Amer, and my daughter, Sarah, both attended public school growing up. When I’d ask Amer or Sarah what they learned in school, they were often uninterested and didn’t have anything exciting to talk about. I felt like their schools didn’t challenge them enough and that their curriculum should have more real-world applications. Additionally, Amer and Sarah learn at different paces and different interests, which I left like could have been explored and developed more if they had an opportunity to pursue it.

I chose Montessori because the curriculum challenges students and allows them to experiment and engage with subjects in a unique way. My favorite thing about the school is how students learn, how they have a say in what they learn, which allows them to feel invested in their education and their future.


Nasrin, the theme of this year’s campaign is “Creating the future, one child at a time. What are your hopes for Danny’s future?

I hope that he finds what he is passionate about and that he happy and confident in himself as he pursues his dreams. I would like him to explore and try different things, making mistakes along the way, and learn from them. I’d want him to have a positive mindset about his future, to be optimistic and reach for the stars, but also realistic and grounded. Most importantly, I would want him to understand that they key to success is knowledge, and that there is always more to learn and experience. I see MMS being the institution that teaches him how to pursue his interests as well as how to make meaningful friendships and connections with those around him.


We invite you to create the future with Danny with your gift today…. text mmsfuture to 76278 or visit our campaign platform to give now.