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Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School. Parent Information Meeting. Agenda. Overview and Information - 10 min The M ontessori Learning Environment - 20min Questions - 10min Facility Walk-Thru and Tour - 20 min. Our Staff. William Anderson Principal

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welcome to wauwatosa montessori school

Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School

Parent Information Meeting

  • Overview and Information - 10 min
  • The Montessori Learning Environment - 20min
  • Questions - 10min
  • Facility Walk-Thru and Tour - 20 min
our staff
Our Staff
  • William AndersonPrincipal
  • Jessica BahrTeaching Assistant Upper Ele
  • Tyler BurmeisterBand
  • Sarah CrabtreeMusic
  • Tierra DiCarloChildren’s House
  • Suzanne GraberMusic
  • Kathryn HartungWorld Language
  • Shannon KobinskyChildren’s House
  • Melissa LangPhy Ed
  • Char Murphy Administrative Assistant
  • Jenny LeighArt
  • Linda O’Brien Teaching Assistant Lower Ele
  • Tracy Raasch Upper Elementary
  • Margaret SezemskyLower Elementary
  • Haley StozekOrchestra
  • Erica TomeTA Children’s House (JK & SK)
  • Kristee Yardly-Catlett TA Children’s House (JK & SK)
  • Wauwatosa Montessori School is built upon the educational legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori, which began more than 100 years ago.
  • Dr. Montessori was the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School.
  • In 1907, Dr. Montessori discerned a fundamental premise about children – all children are uniquely intelligent. This was a unique concept for this time and continues to be innovative.
more recent research
More Recent Research
  • Piaget, Gardner, Goleman and many other current educational theorist validate this premise.
  • Dr. Montessori’s focus on the whole child moves away from the traditional adult-centered classroom to an environment and methodology that is designed to facilitate the development of the child’s independence and sense of personal empowerment.
our goal
Our Goal
  • To provide children with an authentic Montessori education that will foster a love of learning, self-confidence, personal creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Our academic program will assist children in discovering their true potential through the nurturing of their intelligence and creativity.
  • You are giving your children an outstanding preparation for middle school, high school, college and life.
our journey 2011
Our Journey - 2011
  • Wauwatosa Montessori School opened its doors September 2011.
  • Student population of 63 students.
  • 3 teachers, 3 teacher assistants
  • 3 classrooms and Multi-purpose room
    • One section of Children’s House
    • One section of Lower Elementary
    • One section of Upper Elementary
  • Kitchen – not staffed
our journey 2012
Our Journey - 2012
  • Student population of 87 students.
  • 3.5 teachers, 4 teacher assistants, 1 administrator and 1 administrative assistant.
  • 3 classrooms and multi-purpose room
    • Two section of Children’s House
    • One section of Lower Elementary
    • One section of Upper Elementary
  • New children’s house classroom
  • Art/World Language classroom
  • New gym
2012 continued
2012 continued
  • New main office
  • Kitchen – Staffed
  • Front lobby and entryway
  • New signage
  • Outside landscape upgrades along building
  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
  • Cub Scout Pack 111
  • STEM club (students and parents)
  • Communication and webpage improvements
  • Parent education opportunities (Book Club)
2013 14 school year
2013-14 School Year
  • Add second classroom of lower elementary
  • Classroom expansion – need parent input
  • Breitlow Field up-grades
  • Weather Station – WeatherBug Network
  • Gardens …….
  • Outdoor main entrance – murals
  • Before & After school program
  • Wednesday afternoon program Rec Programming (2:20pm – 3:20pm)
enrollment application
  • Lottery
    • Sibling Preference
    • Prior Montessori Experience (4K and Beyond)
  • Application Window
    • February 4-22nd Lottery drawing on March 1st.
    • Applications can be turned in Student Services, Our office, or home school main office.
  • You must be a current Wauwatosa resident or currently enrolled in the District
  • Info and applications are located on our web page @ http://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/schools/elementary/montessori/montessori_enrollment.cfm#d258893
wauwatosa public montessori school

Wauwatosa Public Montessori School

Parent Information – Overview of Montessori at the Children’s House level


welcome to wauwatosa montessori school1
Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School!

Wauwatosa is a leader in Public Montessori education

We have both a Children’s House and an Elementary Training Institute here in Milwaukee

maria montessori 1870 1952
Maria Montessori 1870-1952
  • Born in Italy
  • Italy’s 1st female medical doctor
  • Began her teaching career by working with children with disabilities
  • Approached education using the Scientific Method
sensitive periods
Sensitive Periods
  • Language
  • Order
  • Refinement of the senses
  • Social behavior
  • Movement
  • Montessori discovered all children go through Sensitive Periods in which they can learn concepts with virtually no effort.
areas of children s house
Areas of Children’s House
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language
  • Math
  • Culture
practical life
Practical Life

Children gain skills that are essential for Independence :



Control of Movement


Practical Life also teaches and encourages:

Care of Self

Care of Others

Care of the Environment


Sensorial helps the child to order & classify, as well as refine the senses.


Language allows us to interact, communicate, contribute and relate to one another.

Language in Children’s House consists of Spoken Language, Writing, and Reading.

Reading in the LibraryLanguage

Cursive Practice in sand


The Mathematics in Children’s House involve both the hand and the mind. Montessori realized that it is essential for the child to have orderly sensorial impressions; repeated concrete experiences are the basis of mathematical concepts.

scientific research has shown that
Scientific research has shown that:
  • Cognition is optimized when movement is consistent with thinking.
  • We learn best when we are interested in what we are learning about.
  • Extrinsic rewards reduce motivation and level of performance once the rewards are removed.
  • People thrive when they feel a sense of choice and control.
  • We learn best when our learning is situated in meaningful contexts.
  • Children can learn very well from and with peers; after age 6, children respond well to collaborative learning situations.
thank you for your interest in our school community
Contact Information:

Bill Anderson




Thank you for your interest in our School community