Justin Garber

What I do at MSMS: I am the Upper Elementary Teacher. I hold a Masters Degree in Montessori Elementary Education and an International Teaching Certificate from the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University.

What I love about MSMS: Mountain Shadows has been around for 40 years. This school has proven year after year to be the best. We are AMI accredited which allows us to follow the most strict guidelines put in place in order to serve the children at the highest capacity possible. At Mountain Shadows we educate children to be capable, functioning members of society who hold peace close to their heart.

Mountains or beach? I live in the mountains now and used to live at the beach in Charleston, SC. I love them both and need them both in my life. For now, I’m loving living in the mountains.

Something you are learning as an adult: I am always playing the guitar and listening to music whether recorded or live. Some of my best friends are in the music industry and I love helping with tour management and hospitality. I live my life one song at a time.

Early riser or night owl? My whole family is filled with night owls. My grandmother still stays up until after midnight almost every night. I love to be up late, but being a teacher has taught me to be an earlier riser than the rest of my family. It’s give and take.

Words to live by: My grandmother and I talk everyday. She is 94. When we say our goodbyes she tells me to remember our saying. “Don’t trade the thrill of a moment for a lifetime of misery.” These words have served me well.

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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.