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Learn “Montessori Magic” at an Open House this Tuesday


MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Margolis, julie.margolis@mountaineermontessori.org; 304-342-7870

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 8, 2013 –  The founders of some of America’s most innovative companies, including Amazon, Google and Wikipedia, credit their Montessori education for much of their success.

In Charleston, young leaders who attended Mountaineer Montessori School will be among those who will discuss the “Montessori magic” and how it influenced their education and careers during the school’s annual open house for prospective families and the public to be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The school is located adjacent to the University of Charleston at 308 20th Street in Kanawha City.

Clifton Clark, a BB&T Vice President, is one of the MMS grads who will speak.  Clark credits his MMS education for fostering his reasoning and abstract thinking skills by allowing him to following his curiosity and direct his own activity.

“I’ve always been a naturally curious person, wanting to learn anything I possibly could,” says Clark, who is a JD/MBA and a lending specialist for large and/or complex loans in the BB&T’s Wealth Division for West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“If find that there are a lot of situations in work and in life in which a person can take the easy way out.  I do not approach situations with a ‘this is how it has always been done?’ view; instead, I approach them with a ‘how can this be done better?’ view,” he says.

Founded in 1976, Mountaineer Montessori School offers a comprehensive academic curriculum for children in preschool through sixth grade.  Backed by decades of impressive scores on standardized tests and the academic and personal success of its graduates, MMS is a recognized innovator in early childhood and elementary education within West Virginia.  The school offers an authentic Montessori environment with highly experienced, certified faculty.    MMS is affiliated with the University of Charleston teacher education program.

In addition to its rich core curriculum, MMS has an on-site reading specialist, along with on-site music classes with faculty from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Mountain Stage, art instruction with Barrie Kaufman, computer, Spanish and physical education instruction at the UC pool and gymnasium.  It also offers a Montessori-based educational after-school and summer camp programs.

A new financial aid program is now available for qualified families.  To RSVP, or for more information, contact Julie Margolis, 304-342-7870, julie.margolis@mountaineermontessori.org.

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