Free to Fly: the Malone family

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

As part of our “Free to Fly” campaign, students, teachers, alumni and families are sharing their stories, telling what MMS means to them and how Montessori education lifts up children, our community and our world.

 

This is the Malone family story:

 

Why did you choose Montessori for your family?

We feel that the Montessori environment is flexible enough to conform to each individual student’s learning style, which allows them to uniquely develop and thrive.

How has Montessori impacted your family?

We have learned how to apply some of the Montessori teachings in Connor’s home life to foster his independence and nurture his development of his own identity.

What brought you to Mountaineer Montessori School?

We relocated to the Charleston area from Georgia over the summer.  Connor had been attending a Montessori school there and we wanted to continue in a Montessori environment to help him transition to our new hometown and because he was thriving in the classroom.  We were thrilled to find a well-established Montessori school here.

What makes MMS special to you?

We sense that when the concept of a “MMS community” is discussed, it is not just lip service.  In our short time at the school we have all felt welcome and included.  Connor loves going to school at MMS and looks forward to going to school each day.

Do you have a favorite “Montessori Moment”?

The thing that stands out to us is when Connor came home from school and told us how nice the kids and teachers are in his classroom.  It has greatly helped his transition as we moved to the area.

Our campaign theme is “Free to Fly.” Can you share how Montessori has helped your child soar?

Connor now enjoys writing creative stories, where in the last academic year he would resist free writing in his journal.  He has really enjoyed the strings program and loves practicing at home for his little brother.

 

Connor, Judi, Luke and Daniel Malone

 

 

Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

Propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the Mountaineer Montessori School “Free to Fly” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!

Give now

 

 

 


Free to Fly: Jason Winesburg

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

As part of our “Free to Fly” campaign, students, teachers, alumni and families are sharing their stories, telling what MMS means to them and how Montessori education lifts up children, our community and our world.

 

This is Jason Winesburg’s MMS story:

 

Tell us about your own Montessori education background.

Montessori education has been a part of my life for decades! Most of my earliest memories are of my elementary years at the Montessori Learning Center (now The Green Valley School) in New Hampshire. They were a small, family-style school but they did a great job awakening the interests that would go on to shape my life. They also supported close relationships with other students and staff that weren’t ever replicated in more traditional schools.

 

How has Montessori impacted your life?

My teacher was a computer hobbyist during the time when home computing was starting to boom, and taught us how to use the newest toys and programs. My Montessori education gave me the freedom to practice my writing, which lead to my pursuit of English in college. Also, our school deeply valued the outdoors and physical education, with mandatory ski lessons, many overnight camping trips, and daily gardening and harvesting. This has led to me placing a high value on my own health, and a continued enjoyment of the outdoors.

 

What brought you to Mountaineer Montessori School?

After speaking on the phone the school director, I was impressed with the openness and straightforward attitude. I continue to be impressed with the frankness and openness of the people of West Virginia, and it has probably been my favorite thing about the state. The culture of the school is one that values honesty and puts the welfare of the children above all other concerns. The old building and classic materials also reminded me of the Montessori schools of yesteryear, which had more of a pastoral aspect to them.

 

What makes MMS special to you?

Mountaineer Montessori is special because of the commitment to Montessori principles and the willingness to meet the children where they are. The school is a flexible, welcoming place for all children

 

Do you have a favorite “Montessori Moment” either as a child or as a teacher?

In the upper elementary, I know a child is connecting to the classroom and the environment when they start coming up with ways to make it better. This shows me that they not only feel comfortable with us as teachers, but that they also care and are invested in the community. I feel I am successful when they are able to connect to the real world. Even though my own Montessori history is linked with technology, I want to help students use it as a tool and not as an escape.

 

Favorite Maria Montessori quote and why:

My favorite Montessori book is “The Formation of Man,” which sadly gets the least attention from teachers. In it, Montessori articulates her philosophy outside of education, and is very critical of existing norms, at least norms as they were in the fifties and sixties. It is one of her last books, and Montessori’s characteristic frankness is amplified in her old age.

A favorite from this book:

“Punishments! I had not realized they were an indispensable institution holding sway over the whole of child-humanity. All men have grown up under this humiliation!”

 

Our campaign theme is “Free to Fly.” Can you share how Montessori helps children  soar?

A Montessori teacher is often called a guide, but I see it also as more of a protector role. The child’s own internal drive is protected during development from the external levers of classical behaviorism and conditioning. Without grades, without punishments and rewards, the child can fasten on to those things in the environment that call to him or her (as in my own case with computer science, biology, and creative writing). Because the curriculum is so logical and so advanced, I also had the foundation to complete just about any work I encountered in high school, and I went to a very challenging preparatory school. I was left with plenty of time and freedom to pursue my own interests, while having the academic background to do well in later school.

 

What do you hope your students take away from their time at MMS? 

I want the students to come away with their minds full of thousands of ideas and opinions. I want my students to care about the world, to have strong feelings about the world, to abolish their apathy. I hope to model moral courage and a strong work ethic for them, and I hope that they come away with a love for work and the satisfaction it can bring. I try to instill in them a healthy skepticism, without it curdling to cynicism. In the end, I want them to be able to say that they experienced freedom at MMS.

Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

Propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the Mountaineer Montessori School “Free to Fly” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!

Give now

 

 


Free to Fly: The Faridi Family

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

As part of our “Free to Fly” campaign, students, teachers, alumni and families are sharing their stories, telling what MMS means to them and how Montessori education lifts up children, our community and our world.

 

This is the Faridi family’s story:

The Faridi Family

“The Montessori method for a child’s development as a whole always inspires me. It teaches them how to be a productive member of the society no matter what profession they choose. In today’s world, which is so self-centered, when you see your 11-year -old taking initiative to help the poor and needy and show concerns for the environment, you know that you have made the right decision!”  

Kiran Faridi, M.D., mother of four MMS students

 

 

 

Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

Propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the Mountaineer Montessori School “Free to Fly” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!

Give now

 

 


Free to fly: Nilay Shah

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

As part of our “Free to Fly” campaign, students, teachers, alumni and families are sharing their stories, telling what MMS means to them and how Montessori education lifts up children, our community and our world.

 

This is Nilay Shah’s story

Nilay Shah, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematological Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation, West Virginia University/MMS Alumnus

How did Montessori impact your higher education and professional journeys?

I believe Montessori allowed me to be part of a unique situation early in my life that promoted and facilitated my academic growth. I was a little ahead of schedule in mathematics and having a mixed age classroom essentially allowed me to learn at my own pace. I distinctly remember doing basic algebraic equations in kindergarten, which kept me interested and motivated. This desire to keep up with and perhaps even complete a little with the older students is what drove me at the time and the rest of my life. I have to believe that my ambitious spirit within the school system was instilled in me at an early age at Montessori and this stuck with me throughout the remainder of my academic career and remains with me today.

What makes MMS special to you?

I believe the mixed classroom model is a fantastic way to allow kids to learn at their own pace and not be hindered or left behind by their fellow classmates. I also believe have kids from different age groups within one classroom facilitates growth from a social aspect. I believe this is part of what sets Montessori schools apart.

Do you have a favorite “Montessori Moment?”

Absolutely. Pig dissection (1985ish) remains one of the most incredible things I’ve witnessed in a classroom.

What would you tell a prospective family about MMS?

I believe MMS is an excellent opportunity for all parents looking for an environment for their children to flourish, without being constricted by the walls of the standard schooling system. Encouraging in by the sciences and the arts, from a very early age. More hands on that most other situations.

 

Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

Propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the Mountaineer Montessori School “Free to Fly” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!

Give now

 

 

 

 

 


Free to Fly campaign elevates students, community and world

Give now

 

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

 


Elevating our students, our community and world

 

MMS is a community-based non-profit organization created to unlock the potential of West Virginia’s children through the scientifically-based, time-tested, child centered approach to education pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori. We receive no government funding. Our operations are funded solely by tuition, foundation and business partnerships, and personal donations.

Community support helps keep our program accessible to the growing number of families seeking access to high-quality alternatives to one-size-fits-all schools. Enrollment has grown 83 percent over the past five years and we are currently unable to enroll all applicants due to space and financial constraints.

Our “Free to Fly” campaign provides critical funding for financial aid, teacher training and classroom materials and programs, and help us continue to grow a world-class education option in our region.

 

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Learn from students, families, alumni and teachers what Mountaineer Montessori means to them:

 

Inspired concern

The Faridi Family

“The Montessori method for a child’s development as a whole always inspires me. It teaches them how to be a productive member of the society no matter what profession they choose. In today’s world, which is so self-centered, when you see your 11 year old taking initiative to help the poor and needy and show concerns for the environment, you know that you have made the right decision!”  

Kiran Faridi, M.D., mother of four MMS students

 


Minds full of ideas

 

“I want the students to come away with their minds full of thousands of ideas and opinions. I want my students to care about the world, to have strong feelings about the world, to abolish their apathy. I hope to model moral courage and a strong work ethic for them, and I hope that they come away with a love for work and the satisfaction it can bring. I try to instill in them a healthy skepticism, without it curdling to cynicism. In the end, I want them to be able to say that they experienced freedom at MMS.”

Jason Winesburg, Upper Elementary Lead Guide, Former Montessori Student

Read Jason’s story here.

 


Lifted me up

 

“Montessori has impacted me in so many ways, from the nonrestrictive work schedule to the one-on-one teaching methods, it has pushed me to do my best without the structured and confined atmosphere of a regular school program. MMS has helped me ‘fly’ by letting me work the way I need to work and helping me the way I need to be helped.”

Shannon Rogers, Eighth Year Student

Read Shannon’s MMS story here.

 


 

Instilled at an early age

“Mountaineer Montessori allowed me to be part of a unique situation early in my life that promoted and facilitated my academic growth. I was a little ahead of schedule in mathematics and having a mixed age classroom essentially allowed me to learn at my own pace. I distinctly remember doing basic algebraic equations in kindergarten, which kept me interested and motivated. This desire to keep up with and perhaps even complete a little with the older students is what drove me at the time and the rest of my life. I have to believe that my ambitious spirit was instilled in me at an early age at Montessori and this stuck with me throughout the remainder of my academic career and remains with me today.”

Nilay Shah, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematological Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation, West Virginia University/MMS Alumnus

Read Dr. Shah’s story here.

 


 

Welcomed and included

Connor, Judi, Luke and Daniel Malone

“We relocated to the Charleston area from Georgia over the summer.  Connor had been attending a Montessori school there and we wanted to continue in a Montessori environment to help him transition to our new hometown and because he was thriving in the classroom.  We were thrilled to find a well-established Montessori school here. We sense that when the concept of a ‘MMS community’ is discussed, it is not just lip service.  In our short time at the school we have all felt welcome and included.  Connor loves going to school at MMS and looks forward to going to school each day.” 

Daniel Malone

Read the Malone family’s story here.


 

Come fly with us!

 

Propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the Mountaineer Montessori School “Free to Fly” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!

Give now

 

 


Discounts for custom yearbooks available through Nov. 30

No two students are alike…why should a book telling their story be all the same?

 

At MMS, our yearbook is as unique as your child!

“Free to Fly,” the 2017-18 MMS yearbook, is now in production.

This year’s book will be a beautiful, 88-page page professionally designed hardcover keepsake highlighting another colorful year at Mountaineer Montessori School.

Orders placed by November 30 will receive a 5 percent discount. The full price of $45 will go into effect on December 1.

To place your order, please visit our TreeRing page.

 

Click the photo to learn more about TreeRing yearbooks!

 

 

Star in your own story

Your order includes the free opportunity to customize two pages with personal milestones and photos from your student’s year.

Birthdays…holidays…vacations… pets….soccer games…. dance recitals…visits with grandparents….play dates and sleepovers…field trips…family celebrations….best friends. you can add photos from the special moments in your child’s life to create a one-of-a-kind scrapbook of your year. Personalization is optional.

Adding the photos is as easy as uploading from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or your computer throughout the year.

 

The MMS yearbook will be packed with photo memories, including several pages devoted to each class and teacher/class photos…

Field trips…eclipse celebration….music…winter concert…playground…practical life…class projects… outdoor environment…art… chess…PE…Parents Night Out… class plays….tie dye day…math… science…writing workshops….Plus…picnic….summer camp… and more.

Yearbooks, which will include MMS summer activities such as summer camp, Montessori Meet-Ups and FestivALL, will be delivered to MMS in August. Shipping is included in the purchase price for orders placed by our June 30 deadline.

Don’t miss this chance to order your yearbook at a discount and get a head start on putting your photo year together.

To order, please go to Tree Ring. The MMS passcode is 101463315626468

Copies of previous yearbooks are available for perusal in the MMS office. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Free to Fly: Shannon Rogers

At Mountaineer Montessori School, children are free to fly!

Our child-centered approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and encouragement to go as far and as high as they can.

Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

As part of our “Free to Fly” campaign, students, teachers, alumni and families are sharing their stories, telling what MMS means to them and how Montessori education lifts up children, our community and our world.

 

This is Shannon’s MMS story:

How has Montessori impacted you?

Montessori has impacted me in so many ways, from the nonrestrictive work schedule to the one-on-one teaching methods, it has pushed me to do my best without the structured and confined atmosphere of a regular school program.

What makes MMS special to you?

Montessori is special to me because of the friends I’ve made and the teachers I’ve met. Each of them has influenced me in so many ways and it is hard to imagine life without them or Montessori.

Do you have a favorite class, subject or Montessori activity?

I really like Writing Workshop and Art class because of their diversity and just because there fun classes. I also like P.E because we do something different about every four-five weeks: not just running around a track for the entire year, but swimming, stand-up paddle-boarding, doing aerial yoga, etc. Cooking on Wednesday is really cool too, because you have to plan the meal, shop for the ingredients, and then cook the whole thing. I really don’t know what my favorite class would be, though.

 

Do you have a favorite “Montessori Moment?”

One memory that comes to mind is when I finally, after all year researching, writing, and preparing, presented my sixth grade project paper to the sixth grade parents and the other family/friend members of the class. That was certainly a triumphant moment and I remember being so happy and shocked that it was over.

 

 

 

Our campaign theme is “Free to Fly.” Can you share how Montessori has helped to lift you up?

Montessori has helped me to ‘fly’ by letting me work the way I need to work and helping me the way I need to be helped. Like if I have a question, the teacher will come over and help me out, saying ‘remember this’ or ‘look at your paper’ and will prompt me along until I arrive at the answer.

Shannon Rogers

 

 

Mountaineer Montessori serves 135 students ages 3-14 in Charleston, West Virginia — the heart of Appalachia.  Our mission is to elevate our students and region with forward-thinking, 21st century-aligned education that nurtures tomorrow’s problem solvers, creators, entrepreneurs and community builders…a new generation that will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow and a better world.

Propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the Mountaineer Montessori School “Free to Fly” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!

Give now

 

 

 

 

 


A smashing success

A new tether ball feature is a big hit with our students. Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who helped make it a smashing success!


Chess team kicks off 2017-18 season on Nov. 6

The MMS Chess Team kicks off the 2017-18 season today! Our lower elementary group will be meeting on Mondays and the upper elementary/middle school group will be meeting on Tuesdays.

Chess supports many of our goals at MMS, lengthening a child’s window of concentration, building up the ability to plan and sequence actions, and encouraging patience. It is a surprisingly social sport, and one that is applicable to all age groups.

We take part in local West Virginia Scholastic Chess League (WVSCA) tournaments and practice our skills with weekly practices. It is not required to attend tournaments, and students may still participate in weekly practice. To participate in tournaments, you will need to sign up for a USCF ID at https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php
The tournaments begin soon (mid-November), so you will want to do this quickly!

Chess club is open to all lower elementary, upper elementary and middle school students, regardless of skill level. Unskilled players will be taught, and we will have student helpers there to work one-on-one with new players. Practice will begin November 6. Each group’s size will be limited to 14 students, with preference given to returning players. The groups will fill up quickly, so please let me know if you are interested.

Lower elementary lessons are 45 minutes (3:15-4:00 p.m. Mondays) and upper elementary/middle school lessons are 1 hour (3:15-4:15 p.m. Tuesdays).

Please contact Coach Jason Winesburg (jwinesburg@mountaineermontessori.org) as soon as possible if you are interested in joining the team.

 

 

 

 


Prospective parent tours underway for 2018-19

Tours for the 2018-19 school year are underway at Mountaineer Montessori School.

Prospective families are invited to reserve their space at an upcoming tour, which will be held on the following dates:

  • November 8
  • December 13
  • January 10
  • January 24
  • February 7
  • February 28

All tours begin at the MMS main school, 308 20th Street, at 1:30 p.m. The tours provide an overview of Montessori education, information on MMS admissions procedures and policies, and the opportunity to observe classrooms in action.  Tours are for parents only and reservations are required. Space is limited.

Prospective families will be notified of admissions decisions in early March. Classes fill up quickly and MMS has maintained a waiting list for the past several years. Future MMS families are encouraged to begin the admissions process at their earliest convenience.

To sign up for a tour, or for more information, please complete this “Request Information” online form.

Completion of this form is required to sign up for a tour or begin the enrollment process.

MMS serves 134 children ages 3-14 in a fully implemented Montessori environment, offering a rich academic and arts curriculum, along with an extensive after-school program, summer camps, computer classes, foreign language, chess, robotics, individual learning support, cross country and other enrichment activities. Founded in 1976, MMS is the largest and longest-established Montessori school in West Virginia, and offers the only Montessori Middle School program in the state.  Financial aid is available.

MMS considers all children for admission based upon their readiness for school, potential for success in a Montessori classroom and our enrollment capacity.  MMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion or ethnic or national origin in its admission policy.

For more information, email info@mountaineermontessori.org, or call 304/342-7870.