WMS people


Welcome to Washington Montessori School – a unique place where your child can develop the independence, self-confidence and motivation that are vital to personal and academic success.

We take advantage of children’s innate curiosity and ability to learn from their surroundings. Our classrooms are warm and welcoming communities where, with the guidance of their teachers, children learn at their own pace and discover academic interests on their own, stimulating their excitement for learning. Our academic program is as demanding as it is flexible. It is designed to help students build skills and develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.

When I think about the education of our students, I always look ahead to the traits I would most like our graduates to have when they reach adulthood. My hope has always been that our graduates have the sense of being captain of their own destinies and that they are able to work at something they are passionate about. In simple terms, I’d like them to have grit.

“The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina,” says psychologist and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth. Her study into the importance of grit, which recently landed her a MacArthur “genius grant,” asserts that grit above all else is the key to success.

We cultivate grit in ways that are built in to our approach such as allowing even the youngest of children to make their own choices and decisions when appropriate; emphasizing process more than product, even for older students when product also becomes important; maintaining flexibility for children to work intensely in an area of interest; and using learning strategies that sustain attention and promote self-discipline.

In the words of Maria Montessori, “Education is a natural process – and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” At Washington Montessori School, we enable our students to have these experiences that shape their lives. Our students leave here with the self-esteem and inner motivation they need to think and act independently and responsibly.

If you have any questions about our school, I invite you to contact me directly. I look forward to telling you more about Washington Montessori School and the life-changing opportunities it can provide for your child.


Warm regards,
Patricia Werner, Head of School
(860) 868-0551