“Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of the little children are pure.” – Black Elk
About Mequon Montessori School
Mequon Montessori School is an independent school serving about 50 children ages 24 months to 6 years of age in Mequon, Wisconsin. We have been empowering children since 1993, following the child-centered, peace-based education philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Each classroom is multi-aged and staffed by two teachers. All of our head teachers are experienced and certified Montessori educators. Our surrounding communities are diverse, friendly and passionate about learning, working together and having fun! If you want to learn more about Montessori education, visit our Montessori Methods and Montessori Experience pages.
Mequon Montessori serves students in the Mequon and greater Milwaukee area. Mequon Montessori does not only serve Mequon, but Brown Deer, Germantown, Thiensville, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Northern Milwaukee.
In addition to our student programs, we are also a certified Montessori daycare center and Montessori summer camp. See all of our programs here.
Mequon Montessori is a licensed school by the State of Wisconsin. All of our directresses are certified Montessori educators. Mequon Montessori is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Mequon Montessori was opened in 1994 by Carol Gehl. Before moving to Mequon, Carol had worked in Montessori since 1970, and opened her own school in Brown Deer in 1980. In those early days, the school was known as North Suburban Children’s House. When Dr. Montessori first opened her schools in Italy in 1907, she called them Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House. When schools began opening in the United States, many adopted that name as well.
In 1991, after 11 years in Brown Deer, the school moved to Mequon, where it again leased space. In 1993 the name changed to Mequon Montessori School. Carol designed the current building in the early 90s. She had it built specifically for Mequon Montessori. In 2010, Carol transferred ownership of Mequon Montessori to Laura Wells, her niece. Mequon Montessori continues to instill the deep love of learning that it’s original founder intended.
At Montessori, our “teachers” are referred to as “directresses.” The main difference is that the teachers’ traditional role is to make sure the child is doing one specific task at a specific time. By contrast, our directresses are trained to give only enough direction that is necessary for the child to learn independently.
Read a short profile about some of our caring, Montessori-trained directresses.
Laura Wells joined her aunt, Carol Gehl, at Mequon Montessori in 2003. Laura came to MMS from the YMCA where she had worked for 10 years as a Director of one of their Child Care Centers. Prior to her YMCA work, she was an elementary teacher. Laura took over as Director and Administrator and eventually owner after Carol retired.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University in Elementary Education. She also holds an AMS Montessori Early Childhood Credential. She earned this from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston, IL. Laura also has her Montessori Infant/Toddler certification. Laura and her husband are parents to three wonderful children who attended Mequon Montessori.
Children’s House Teacher
Laure Meka joined Mequon Montessori in 1997. Before coming to MMS, Laure taught at Montessori schools in Alaska and Antigua. She brings an exciting variety of experience to the classroom. The “prepared environment” within her classroom encourages children to explore all areas of the classroom with enthusiasm. Laure also teaches the Nature’s Classroom in the afternoon, allowing children to truly explore the world around them in our own woods. Laure obtained her Early Childhood AMI Certification from the Midwest Montessori Institute under the direction of Hildegard Solzbacher. She attended UW- Milwaukee and Madison.
Children’s House Teacher
Carol Larsen joined Mequon Montessori in 2007. Prior to coming to MMS she worked as an aide for many years in the Grafton School District. When Carol first came to MMS she worked in the classroom as an assistant under Mary Wong. Carol decided she would like to be trained as a Montessori teacher. In 2013 she received her Preschool/Kindergarten International Montessori Teaching Diploma. Her classroom is warm and inviting. Carol is very creative and is constantly creating new and exciting materials for the students in her classroom. Carol also holds a bachelor’s degree from UW – Madison. Carol and her husband have 2 grown children.
Children’s House Teacher
Mary Wong joined Mequon Montessori in 2006. Mary started at MMS as an assistant. Soon after joining us she went for her Montessori training and became a certified Montessori teacher. She received her certification through the North American Montessori Center. Mary tirelessly works to create many new and updated materials for the classroom. The calmness she brings to the classroom is inspiring. Mary also holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Alverno College. Prior to joining us Mary was 5th grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. Mary also has her Infant/Toddler certification. Mary and her husband have two children who attended Montessori school.
Lisa joined Mequon Montessori in 2001. Lisa started at MMS as an Assistant in Children’s House. In 2006 she received her Preschool/ Kindergarten Montessori Teacher Diploma. For a number of years she was a lead teacher in Children’s House. Lisa was always drawn to the younger children and was eager to put to use her Infant, Toddler and Two’s Montessori Teaching Diploma that she had received in 2005. In 2010 she started the Toddler Class at Mequon Montessori. Lisa’s patience and sense of order in the classroom helps guide our little ones towards independence. Lisa also holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Drake University. She also has her Infant/Toddler certification. Lisa and her husband have three children who have attended Mequon Montessori School.
Toddler Teacher/Cooking Teacher
Kathie joined Mequon Montessori in 2009. Kathie started as an assistant in Children’s House. In 2015 she received her Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Diploma. For a number of years she has enthusiastically taught cooking once a week in our Nature’s Class, a role she continues to enjoy. She currently spends much of her time as a teacher in the Toddler class. Kathie does a wonderful job coming up with new and creative activities for the Toddler class, tailoring the lessons to the current group of children in the class. Kathie holds an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education along with her Infant/ Toddler certification. Kathie and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Communication at Mequon Montessori School
Director – Mequon Montessori School
Parents often talk about how much they love the well-prepared environment we create for their kids. In fact, a lot of our students have been referred to us by word-of-mouth. We are always trying to improve our methods, and we are happy to say we have received a lot of good feedback from parents because of this.
Please read some of the good things parents are saying about Mequon Montessori.
-Jill, happy parent of wonderful Mequon Montessori students.
From the very beginning, your teachers cultivated an independence in our girls. Because of this, our little ones had much confidence at a young age as they could be responsible for dressing themselves, zipping jackets and starting, finishing and cleaning up after themselves. Moving on from there into the older classrooms, the supportive environment your teachers provide cultivate a curiosity and love for learning, benefiting our girls as they move onto their present school. We are so thankful for the incomparable education they received while at your school and would highly recommend you to anyone looking for a school that supports independence, creativity and hands on learning.” -Jill
Our children are always excited to go to school to learn, spend time with their teachers and play with their friends. The teachers at Mequon Montessori are wonderful. They truly care about the growth and development of our children, and it shows. They know how to motivate and challenge them in a way that keeps them engaged and excited to learn. We have a 4 year-old in his third year at Montessori and a 2 year-old in his first year; and we plan to send our 8 month-old when she is old enough!. We would recommend Mequon Montessori to anyone.” -Rachel
Seeing how much our first child loved going to school, learning, and thriving we had no doubt we were going to stay with them. Well trained and experienced teachers approached our kids based on their interest and strengths which allowed them to reach their potential and truly surprise us. They all started reading simple words little before age of 4 and their interest in school work was effortless. Having a mixed age class allowed my children to be inspired by older ones when they were little and vice versa when they grew older. Two other things that Mequon Montessori helped them develop were their sense of independence and responsibility. How very proud they were of taking care of things on their own.” -Diana
The grounds have a wonderful fenced in outdoor area with a play structure, sandbox, and flower gardens. A wooded area allows for nature walks, studies and explorations.
Telephone: (262) 242-6782
Fax: (262) 242-5724
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