MMS in the news


Jasmine Phillips is interviewed about Lemonade Day.

Mountaineer Montessori School has been making headlines since it was founded in 1976.  As a pioneer and recognized leader in early childhood and elementary education, our community and the media have turned to us a trusted resource on a range of issues, including child development, positive discipline and communication, education reform, arts and culture and activities for children.  We’re honored to share our story to inspire excellence in education and opportunity for all children.  If you are a reporter, please refer to our MMS Media Resources page (coming soon).





NSPRAMMS has received national and state recognition for its excellence in communication and efforts to raise awareness of the value of Montessori education.  We earned four Crystal Awards (highest honor) from the WV Public Relations Society of America and were the only independent school in the nation to receive a Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association in 2013.  NSPRA’s mission is to advance education through responsible public relations and communication that leads to success for all students.





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Mountaineer Montessori School in the News

Fall 2013

Thompson Farm smallMountaineer Montessori plans to launch middle school Charleston Daily Mail, 12/4/13

Help out: Mountaineer Montessori holds annual book fair & bake sale Charleston Gazette, 12/8/13

Community Calendar:  MMS book fair & bake sale planned Charleston Gazette, 12/9/13

On the Town with MMS:  Reception in Honor of Dana Gilliland Charleston Gazette, 12/1/13

Help Out:  Mountaineer Montessori Middle School Launch on #GivingTuesday Charleston Gazette, 12/1/13

holly baileyOn the Town with MMS at SUNDAY FUNDAY Charleston Gazette, 11/10/13

Dana gilliland low resMountaineer Montessori welcomes new Head of School WOWK-TV

Charleston poised to be next high growth area for Montessori says new MMS Head of School State Journal, 11/4/13

mannamealManna Meal food drive underway at Mountaineer MontessoriWOWK-TV, 11/13/13

Mountaineer Montessori students organize food drive for Manna Meal  Charleston Gazette, 10/30/13

MMS offers seasonal art activities at FestivALL Fall Charleston Gazette. 10/24/13

Free make-and-take art at Harvest Gift Boutique Charleston Daily Mail, 10/23/13

Alumni News:  Aaron Persily leads Charleston Catholic golf team to third straight state championship   Charleston Daily Mail, 10/10/13

SundayFunday001_I130929202541   MMS SUNDAY FUNDAY has plenty of both Charleston Daily Mail, 9/30/13

   Free day of fun for families at SUNDAY FUNDAY WCHS TV,  9/29/13

    MMS staging SUNDAY FUNDAY this weekend at UC Charleston Gazette Neighbors,  9/25/13



            icon  JoEllen Zacks:  How to Improve Education, Charleston Gazette, 9/26/13



highland highlights        MMS SUNDAY FUNDAY on Highland Highlights with Jim Strawn





MMS5_I130923184555Mountaineer Montessori’s Method: As enrollment grows, school seeks to  expand Charleston Gazette, 9/23/13



FUNDAYSUNDAY_I130920223056   Mountaineer Montessori, UC to present SUNDAY FUNDAY, Charleston Gazette, 9/21/13


Alumni News:  Four former MMS students among GW National Merit Semi Finalists  Charleston Gazette, 9/13/13

Charly Hamilton Mural    Charly Hamilton tackles his biggest project yet   Charleston Gazette, 9/3/13

Summer 2013

New MMS Faculty: Business Faces/Charleston Gazette, 8/25/13    MMS Faculty Announcements


NSPRALighting the Way for Education campaign earns national award, 8/6/13



130504_0004 - CopyGazette Back to School Special:  Lemonade Day gives kids the business, 7/28/13

MMS Lemonade Day




GPHILLIPS1_I130728161319INNERVIEWS: George Phillips brings calculus to grade schoolers at MMS, 7/28/13







sarahfeinberg    Alumni News:  Sarah Feinberg, Former WH Staffer, Leaves Facebook Post to become U.S. Department of Transportation Chief of Staff




MMS Drama Workshop Opens, 6/24/13

Camp introduces kids to geocaching, 6/6/13,


Spring 2013

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New production lights up the stage, Daily Mail, 5/28/13


Life-Lights Premiere and Annual School Performance130528232720_LifeLights003





best summer ever logo cropMountaineer Montessori presents Best Summer Ever, 5/15/13,




IMG_8975On the Town: MMS Luminaria Gala,



CandleSale001_I130509182213MMS Mom Sheri O’Neal: Candlemaker uses her craft for fundraising, educational tool, Charleston Daily Mail, 5/10/13





Mountaineer Montessori launches spring clothing drive,  5/5/13,


Gazette photoMountaineer Montessori students learn business skills on Lemonade Day, 5/4/13




Dana Gilliland Head of SchoolDana Gilliland named new MMS director 4/19/13,



Alumni News/ Paula Kaufman:  Ride a bike and feel good 4/6/13,


Collen Isiah Alumni News:  Colleen Isaiah honored with DAR Good Citizen Award

MMS DAR Good Citizen





Winter 2013

LUMINARIA_I130328235934This little light of mine:  Mountaineer Montessori School Luminaria Fundraiser 3/29/12,




Mountaineer Montessori School is hosting Luminaria gala 3/23/12 and mira





MMS Art 010HELP OUT:  MMS students prepare décor for gala 3/16/13,




Harry Bell

Harry Bell

Harry Bell: Montessori can guide school reform 3/12/13,




HELP OUT:  Mountaineer Montessori seeks alumni contacts 2/10/13,

Mountaineer Montessori School Open House 1/22/13,

Alumni News/Paula Kaufman: The Optimist’s Ballot 1/14/13,

Alumni News:  What matters to Hana Glasser,


Fall 2012

girlsOn the Town: MMS Spaghetti Dinner 11/25/12



engage with MMSEngage:  The Film.  Supporting education at MMS





Montessori Sign-installingJoEllen Zacks: Montessori Method would revive public education 11/17/12




Photo by Tom HindmanBarrie Kaufman:  Artist’s old, new work gets spotlight 11/28/12



BeadFrame1Tomorrow starts today:  MMS TV ad




Alumni News/Paula Kaufman:  Giving is best part of holidays 11/14/12.


sharons kids 7Dustpans and the Dean’s List:  The Lessons of Housework 10/21/12,




IMG_7005JoEllen Zacks: Road less traveled can be road to success for West Virginia 10/21/12,




ssanders1_I121002003225Suzanne Sanders: Teacher takes class to the mountains 10/12/12



IMG_4658aSpaghetti dinner for Mountaineer Montessori 10/14/12


Mick Souter as Woody Guthrie with Ron SowellPerformer brings Woody Guthrie to Mountaineer Montessori School 9/25/12


Students attend Hawks Nest ceremony 9/7/12,


GlobaloriaAlumni News/Austin Susman:  Students’ anti-bullying video game finalist for award,




 Summer 2012

WV Exec 2WV Executive education issue:  The Montessori experience at MMS, Summer 2012 20121001124934




Alumni News/Paula Kaufman: We should celebrate our elders 7/17/12,


  Spring 2012

Mountaineer Montessori Launches Scholarship Program  5/1/12,


hawks nest tunnelMMS Student art depicts Hawks Nest Tunnel 5/14/12,





(36)Ron Sowell:  Musician wears many hats 5/10/12,





HawksNestArt01_I120417190928Montessori Hawks Nest Tunnel Project,  4/18/12




PLAYGROUND1_I111102235250On the Town:  New Playground Dedication 11/28/11

11/2/11 Mountaineer Montessori opens new playground



MMS wins pumpkin Grand Slam 10/21/11


Barrie Kaufman: City pier painting project 6/27/11,

On the Town:  MMS Spring Performance at India Center 6/26/11Preview Changes


Mary McKownSchool honors Mary McKown, founder, with Charly Hamilton sign, 6/4/11

Guide leaves MMS 6/3/11



Alumni News/Hana Glasser: Coming home to West Virginia 4/29/11,

Alumni News/ Carly Thaw:  Bringing Beauty to the Stage 3/4/11,



On the Town: Bailey & Glasser hosts MMS fundraiser 6/20/10,

Student run their own lunch program at MMS 5/21/10,


090919_cursive_writingNational AP story featuring MMS:    As handwriting fades at traditional schools, Montessori promotes cursive







Innerviews:  Montessori founder Mary McKown 1-12-09,