“Free the child’s potential and you transform him into the world.”

– Maria Montessori

About Us

Educating children as Montessori Time for over 20 years, our school is now Lake Meridians Montessori. We provide quality schooling for toddlers 1 – 2 1/2 & preschoolers 2 1/2 – 6 year olds. We are located on Kent’s East Hill and serve Kent, Renton, Maple Valley, Covington, Auburn, and Federal Way.

Our school follows the Kent School District’s calendar year. We offer many opportunities for personal growth for your children. Our teachers provide a positive and nurturing environment with individualized attention.

Our Goals

Goal 1
Ensure a loving and nurturing environment.

Goal 2
Instill the love of learning.

Goal 3
Facilitate in building self-esteem.

Goal 4
​Respect the unique learning style of each child.

Goal 5
Foster a natural compassion for others and the environment.

“Education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”

– Maria Montessori

Enrichment Opportunities

Spanish Program – We offer an intensive Spanish program for all students. Statistics show the best time to learn a 2nd language is during the early years (ages 1 – 6).

  • When children learn multiple languages at a young age, they develop a life-long love of communicating with others.
  • Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
  • By incorporating foreign languages into curriculum, children develop a greater appreciation for diversity.
  • When young children learn about the structure of other languages, their ability in English is enhanced.
  • When children learn a second language at an early age, they will achieve a more native grasp of both grammar and pronunciation in the second language.
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • Employers in the United States will continue to value employees who can speak multiple languages, especially Spanish.
  • Children in foreign language programs have tended to demonstrate greater cognitive development, creativity, and divergent thinking than monolingual children.
  • Several studies show that people who are competent in more than one language outscore those who are speakers of only one language on tests of verbal and nonverbal intelligence.
  • Studies also show that learning another language enhances the academic skills of students by increasing their abilities in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Improves a child’s understanding of his/her native language.

Music Program – Using the Cycle of Seasons program from Musikgarten, students will celebrate their love of nature and gain independence through activities involving the four seasons. This music program develops listening, focused attention, imagination, creativity and self-expression.

  • An arts education, especially musical, exposes children to the incomparable.
  • Children at this age, for the most part, are naturally receptive to the nuances of pitch and rhythm.
  • Young children are less inhibited than they might be after they enter elementary school. They are ready to jump right in and give it a go!
  • Fine and gross motor skills can be improved through improvisational dancing and handling of the instruments.
  • Vocal and speech development can improve through singing.
  • Listening skills and concentration improve with aural training.
  • The old-fashioned goals of sharing and cooperation are reinforced with the sharing of instruments and encouragement of other students.
  • One of the most important benefits is the proven positive effects music has on brain development in the areas of language and reasoning.
  • There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.
  • Children learning about the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.
  • A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a “me first” attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.
  • Through music lessons, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
  • Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for a group of children playing recorders to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal.
  • Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
  • Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on “doing,” as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. In the music classroom, students can learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.
  • Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.
  • Field Trips – We go on several field trips during the year. Some of our past field trips have included seeing a play at Carco Theater, visiting Remlinger Farms in the fall, and going to the Fire Station.
  • Show and Tell – Children learn to speak in front of a group and practice their listening skills, as well as learn to take turns and respect others’ point of view. Items shared include items such as natural artifacts, books and cultural items.
  • Book Club – Parents and children have the opportunity to buy books, videos, and software at reasonable prices through the Scholastic Book Club.
  • Activities of a Religious Nature – No specific religious belief will be emphasized, however we welcome ethnic and cultural diversity which helps to raise children’s awareness as well as gain an understanding and respect toward all peoples of the world.

Our School!

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”

– Maria Montessori

Our Staff

Sylvia Alvarez

Director/ Owner

My name is Sylvia and I am blessed to be the director and owner of LMM. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, I have lived in Skagit Valley for 13 years. I have been teaching for 13 years. Being a teacher was my dream job, I love kids and helping them learn and watching them grow. I have a CDA in infant and toddlers and ECE credits from Skagit Valley College. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family.

Ana Venegas

Program Supervisor

My name is Ana Venegas, I am Honored to be able to work for Lake Meridian’s Montessori. I was born in California and have lived in Washington for 7 years. I’ve been a Preschool teacher for 6 years and enjoy every part of it.  My goal is to promote learning through everything I do. To be a part of the foundation that will help a child be ready for school and life is a blessing. To see the child master academic, and social skills through Montessori philosophy is amazing. They learn responsibility and how the impact of their choices can create different effects. These are great skills that will help them in life. I have my CDA and currently working on my Montessori certificate. When I’m not in school or working I like to enjoy my time traveling, spending time with my family and my two Saint Bernards.

Tracy Anderson

Head Teacher

My name is Tracy and I’m beyond enthusiastic to be a lead teacher at the same Montessori I attended over a decade ago! With an early childhood education background, I believe the early stages of life are the most exciting to learn in. I’m also incredibly passionate about music and the arts, having pursued musical theatre internationally. Outside of the classroom I am often in the ballet studio or working as Elsa, Belle, or Rapunzel for children’s birthday parties. I hope my time teaching your children will be as life changing for them as it is for myself.