“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.

Areas Served

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.

Our Directresses

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



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.

Carol Larsen

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.

Mary Wong

Toddler 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.   Mary’s calmness and sense of order in the classroom helps guide our little ones towards independence.   Mary also holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Alverno College. Prior to joining us Mary was a 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 schools.

Zandy Ortega

Toddler Teacher Assistant


Zandy joined Mequon Montessori in January of 2019.  Zandy assists Mary Wong in the Toddler class.  Zandy has a lot of experience working with young children.  The children adore her.  She is a warm and friendly face for our Toddlers.  She brings a lot of patience and calm energy to the classroom.   She and Mary do a great job working together to help guide our little ones towards independence.   She has her Infant/Toddler Certification.  She has a son who has attended the school in the summers.

Kathie McCarthy

Children’s House Teacher/ Nature’s Classroom


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 enjoys and is now bringing to the Children’s House. She spends some of her time in the Toddler class as well. She does a magnificent job sharing her love for Nature with the children in the afternoon Nature’s Classroom.  Kathie does a wonderful job coming up with new and creative activities for the classes, 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

Laura Wells

Director – Mequon Montessori School

Phone: 262-242-6782

Parent-Directress communication is very important to us. We want to make sure all your questions are answered, so we have chosen several modes of communication that we consistently check and answer.  Please contact our director with any questions you have.

Parent Testimonials


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.

“In total seriousness, our girls started USM 200% prepared and really owe it to your staff and school :-)”
-Jill, happy parent of wonderful Mequon Montessori students.

“Thank you Mequon Montessori for giving our three girls such a solid foundation to learn and grow from.”

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

“We love Mequon Montessori! My husband and I are grateful and delighted with the knowledge and skills our children continue to build from attending Montessori.”

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

“Mequon Montessori school is amazing! Our three children were schooled at Mequon Montessori school where they built unforgettable memories and strong academic foundation throughout the years.”

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


Mequon Montessori School is located at 2505 West Mequon Road about 1 ½ miles west of I-43 at Mequon Road (Exit 85) and just east of Range Line Road.


Our facility is located on approximately 1 acre of land and designed specifically to house a Montessori Early Childhood school. The building is beautiful and bright, the classrooms being filled with windows. A large center activity room is used for physical education classes, lunchtime, nap-time, and before and after school care programs.

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.