Ciara Wentworth

What I do at MSMS: I have the privilege of sharing how incredible Montessori education is for children through my role in admissions, giving tours of Mountain Shadows and interacting with families considering our exceptional program. I also get to watch children dance into school every morning through my view from the front desk. From this position I also get to help the school run smoothly and support all of our families with the day-to-day operations of our community.

What I love about MSMS: I love the children at Mountain Shadows! I also enjoy that Mountain Shadows Montessori is an intimate community of loving teachers and staff who are deeply committed to serving children, helping them thrive in all aspects of life – socially, emotionally, and academically.

Mountains or beach? Can I say mountains with a view of the beach?

Early riser or night owl? A very early riser (the life of a parent!)

A favorite destination: The California coast

Words to live by: Remember to breathe and take time to enjoy the beautiful, simple moments that life grants us every day.

First car: An old, red Chevy Cavalier

A hobby: Yoga, biking, hiking , and painting

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School offers AMI programs for students 12 months to 12 years old.

...So, what is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale

AMI is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori's legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children's natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence, defined by...


Rigorous and extensive training

including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.


Three-year age ranges

within each classroom that allow children to work at their own pace and level of development.


Extended work time,

including a three hour uninterrupted work cycle.


Upholding international standards

through expert consultation every three years and regular and ongoing study of pedagogy and practice.

For your child, this means...


Whether it's digging in the dirt or discovering the universe.


Whether it's speaking your mind or learning to speak up.


Whether it's composing a song or coming up with a big idea.


Whether it's for ourselves or for others.


Whether it's work or play.

Critical Thinking

Whether it's studying science or solving a problem.


Whether it's doing your part or doing what's right.


Whether it's planning your day or preparing your own lunch.


Whether it's deciding together or sharing the work.


Whether it's supporting your friends or saving the planet.

This is what Mountain Shadows means for your child.