Koral Walters

What I do at MSMS:  I am a Primary teacher at MSMS.  I have a unique role and one of the best jobs of getting to know the wonderful families at MSMS and working with their 3 to 6 year old children.

What I love about MSMS: I love the sense of community that is at MSMS.  The families are so supportive of the school.  I work with a very dedicated staff who all want the best for the children. We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful campus with incredible views all around us and for the children to be at the center of this beautiful picture.

Mountains or beach? I enjoy both the mountains and the ocean.  It is harder to get to the beach since I moved here from the east coast.

Book or movie? I enjoy books.  I love to go and browse at bookstores.  I have a huge stack of books I want to read sometime.

Early riser or night owl?  I am definitely a night owl on the weekends, but I get up early during the week.

Favorite destination: A cabin on top of a hill in Denali waiting for the sun to shine through, grabbing our camera gear and running to the lake to get a picture of the mountain top and the lake. (It didn’t happen.)

First car: Our family’s old Chevy station wagon.  It was great, I could get al lot of things into that car!

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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.