Kelly Crabtree

What I do at MSMS: At MSMS, I follow each child.  I give them space to discover themselves as positive, contributing citizens of the world.

What I love about MSMS: Our community is a special tribe of people.  I feel at MSMS we have created an environment that promotes peace from within for children and adults.  It’s magical!

Mountains or beach? I love both the mountains and the beach.  I was born at the beach and moved to the mountains.  I can’t compare.

Book or movie? Book first, movie second.

Something you are learning as an adult: Right now, I’m learning to be a Yoga instructor within the Prana Vinyasa Global School.

Early riser or night owl? I’m neither an early riser or night owl.  By default (Hockey mom & long commute) I have to be both.

A favorite destination: Carriacou, G.I.

Pet(s)?: Four fur babies: 2 cats and 2 dogs

Words to live by: “Don’t worry about a thing because every little thing is going to be alright.” ~Bob Marley

First car: 1979 Honda Prelude  Her name was Rose.

A joke: The only one I can remember isn’t appropriate for children.

A hobby: Hiking, yoga, and hockey mom.

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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.