Liana Oram

What I do at MSMS: As the Head of School, I have the privilege and honor of supporting our amazing teachers and staff in their important work with the children.  I also get to work with the other adults in our community to help make Mountain Shadows the best it can be and to spend time with the students who are the reason for our being.

What I love about MSMS: I love the energy and passion of the people in our community.  We all share the common goal to support the growth and development of our students and that makes this a very special place.

Mountains or beach? They both have their charm, but I am a mountain person.  I like my water in the form of lakes and rivers.

Something you are learning as an adult: I am learning to fly fish and all the things that go along with that  – identifying bugs, reading the river, knot tying, casting, and, hopefully soon, fly tying.

A favorite destination:  Scott and I are enjoying exploring the national parks, so that would have to be my favorite destination.  We are trying to see them all and are almost at the half-way point!

Words to live by:  My mother always told us to “leave a place better that you found it”.  This might mean picking up a piece of litter in a park or having an impact on the people you come in contact with, but I try to think of ways I can do that on a daily basis.

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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.