FMS proudly boasts a staff of five teachers with a collective 61 years experience in Montessori classrooms—led by School founder Holli Mathison, who has been Montessori-certified since 1984. All five teachers have college degrees, and all of their children have attended FMS. Our teachers elevate their lessons with a variety of personal skills and interests—including pottery, painting, nature, recycling, and rainbows. In the interest of providing the best possible experience for our students, we maintain a teacher-to-student ratio that far exceeds state requirements.
Mixed Age Classrooms
Starting in Pre-Primary, FMS students begin to establish the building blocks of reading through works that introduce the fundamentals of spoken and written language. Sandpaper letters teach letterforms and sounds. Matching words and objects cements language comprehension. The movable alphabet lesson teaches spelling concepts. By the time children graduate from FMS at the end of kindergarten, most are confident early readers with approximately 15 memorized sight words, can count to thirty in Spanish, are able to copy from the board, and can write a story (with creative spelling).