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Maple Mountain Montessori

Our Montessori classroom is a carefully prepared environment. It is designed to help the young child develop positive social, emotional, and academic growth.

Montessori developed materials that allow the child to learn through hands-on experiences. This hands-on approach of self-discovery develops independence, self-motivation, and confidence.  These concrete experiences aim to prepare the child for further, more abstract, understanding.

multiethnic children drawing with pencils on table in class of montessori school
The purpose of the Montessori Color Box is to develop a child's visual sense of colour.

montessori program activities

The greatest sign of success for a teacher..is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” – Maria Montessori

Montessori Core Values

Respect for the Child

Montessori teachers believe that children are capable of learning on their own and should be given the freedom to explore and learn at their own pace.

The Absorbent Mind

Montessori believed that children have an innate ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings, and that the environment should be carefully prepared to encourage this.

Sensitive Periods

Montessori identified certain periods of development when children are particularly receptive to learning specific skills and concepts.

The Prepared Environment

Montessori classrooms are carefully designed to provide children with a range of materials and activities that support their development.

The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of

responsibility and the wings of independence. -Maria Montessori


We invite you to come visit and learn more about how Montessori can benefit your child. Contact us to schedule a time to visit a Maple Mountain Montessori class before enrolling your student.

Pamela Schofield

Pam received her A.A. in early childhood education and her C.D.A credential from Diablo Valley College, CA.  She then completed her Montessori pre-primary credential through California State University, Hayward.  She is accredited through American Montessori Society (A.M.S.) and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (M.A.C.T.E.) 

Pam taught, and became director of a prominent Montessori pre-school in California for over 30 years before moving to Utah and opening Maple Mountain Montessori School.  Pam taught art appreciation courses for the Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco Bay Area, and was a presenter on “Introducing the Impressionist’s within the Pre-School Environment” at the A.M.S. national conference in San Francisco. 

Pam is involved with her church, enjoys sewing, quilting, and time spent with her 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren.

chelsea barlow

Chelsea graduated from BYU earning her B.S. degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development.  She completed her Montessori pre-primary certification through California State University, East Bay.  She is accredited through the American Montessori Society (A.M.S.) 

Chelsea is very familiar with the Montessori pedagogy, in fact, she grew up with Montessori.  She attended Montessori school for 6 years as a child and spent countless hours hanging out with her mom (Ms. Pam) at school.  She also worked every summer with her mom while home from college.  Chelsea has taught both toddler and pre-school classes for over 25 years.  

Before moving to Utah, Chelsea’s 3 children were students at a Montessori school in Northern CA. for 9 years.  Chelsea is involved with the youth program at her church.  She and her husband enjoy hiking, supporting their children’s many extracurricular activities, and spending time with their extended family.  


Kendra graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.A. degree in elementary education.  Upon discovering the Montessori philosophy and methodology, she became enthralled.  She is currently pursuing her Montessori pre-primary credential through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  We are thrilled to have Kendra with us as she completes her teaching internship. 

Kendra and her husband are parents to 2 young sons.  They love spending time outdoors going on walks and exploring Utah’s wonderful parks.  Kendra is active in her church community. She enjoys crafting and has a small business listing on Etsy where she sells her charming, hand-crafted dolls.