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Woodland Montessori School

Our mission is to provide quality education and childcare that follows the philosophy and training of Maria Montessori and Association Montessori Internationale. Our program is holistic: nurturing and developing the mind, body, and spirit of each child. We are committed to providing a trained staff and certified teachers, working with families to foster independence in their child and meet each child’s individual needs, and operating in an ecologically conscious way.


Our Primary school has three multi-aged classrooms. We enroll children who are 2.5 to 5 years old. Our school hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for young preschoolers. Five-year-olds are part of an “Extended Day” program and are in school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..  All students attend five days per week. We do have child care before school beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after school until 5:30 p.m..


Our Curriculum

Practical Life

Practical Life activities mirror what a family does in the home: pouring, washing, dressing, preparing food, watering plants, and more. These activities offer opportunity for purposeful movement and concentration. The child learns how to control their movement, work through a sequence, and become responsible in their actions.


Sensorial materials and activities isolate and identify various sensory elements for exploration: shape, size, color, texture, weight, smell, and sound. These materials give children a concrete experience with abstractions like big, little, long, short, thin, and thick. These lessons help create categories in the child's mind for gathering and storing information about the world we live in.


Beginning with spoken language, children transition, orient and adapt to their new classroom with language. Many aspects of the language area are invisible and social life is a constant motive for spontaneous language work. Once a child has a foundation in spoken language, they begin to use materials to write and progress into reading.


A guiding precept in developing understanding of mathematics is Maria Montessori's caution: "Never give the mind more than the hand can handle."

Math concepts are conveyed through the use of special materials (such as number rods and golden beads) which show quantity from one unit up to one thousand. With these activities, children gain concrete understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This early manipulative practice prepares the child for future mathematical abstractions. 


"We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."

Maria Montessori


Our Staff

Makaya Judge

Director of School

Makaya graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2018 with an Interdisciplinary BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Before joining Woodland in 2018, she worked as a lead teacher in a preschool classroom for four years and as an assistant with Spokane Public Montessori for one. She also sat on the Board of Directors of the Community of Montessori Parents as fundraising coordinator. In her free time, Makaya volunteers with COPS Spokane.

Nikki McConnell

AMI Primary Guide

Nikki graduated with her BA from Warner Pacific College in Human Development in 2010. She received her AMI certificate from Montessori Northwest in 2012 and her Masters in Montessori Education from Loyola University Baltimore in 2013. Nikki has worked as a primary Montessori assistant and led an in-home Montessori program for several years before coming to Woodland in 2017.  She worked as an assistant before becoming a Lead Guide in 2019.

Brigid May

AMI Primary Guide

Brigid graduated with her BA in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University in 2010 and received her AMI certification from Montessori Northwest in 2017. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as a Montessori preschool assistant and as a lead teacher in an Early Learning Center. Brigid joined Woodland in 2016 as an assistant and became a Lead Guide in 2017.

Kristin Vogel

AMI Primary Guide

Bio coming soon.


Contact Woodland

Get in touch with Woodland Montessori School to learn more about our program and observe our classrooms.

402 S Coleman Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99212, USA

(509) 924-1324


Nondiscrimination Policy

Woodland Montessori School encourages diversity. We admit students of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, or gender in any of our policies or programs.


(509) 924-1324

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