“Free the child’s potential and you transform him into the world.”
– Maria Montessori
Educating children as Montessori Time for over 20 years, our school is now Lake Meridian 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.
Ensure a loving and nurturing environment.
Instill the love of learning.
Facilitate in building self-esteem.
Respect the unique learning style of each child.
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
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.
“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”
– Maria Montessori
My journey into the Montessori philosophy began when my two teen daughters (now) attended Montessori school in their younger years. As a parent, I strongly believed in early childhood education and was deeply involved with our children and their education from their preschool years and provided for them the best foundation through Montessori philosophy and learning environment. Since then, I am a firm believer and have been advocating for the Montessori approach and philosophy. I am passionate in serving the young curious minds in helping them explore to their independent potential.
Every day is a new and unique day observing and guiding the children towards their overall development and providing fulfilled environment. I love interacting and building relationships with the families of the school community. In my personal time, I enjoy outdoors doing a run in the neighborhood or hiking and our family likes to travel to experience different cultures. I am an AMS (American Montessori Society) certified Montessori Professional, and have worked for several years at Montessori schools. I attend several continuing education trainings in early childhood teaching and management programs regularly. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Information Systems.
Office Assistant/Classroom Assistant
I grew up in Kent attending Panther Lake Elementary, Meridian Junior High (now Meridian Middle School) and Graduated from Meridian High School in 1998. I attended Washington State University and Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2003.
I moved back to Kent and worked an office job until welcoming my daughter to the world in 2017. I always had a passion for teaching but could not seem to find my place. Montessori is the thing I had missing my whole life. Montessori is about the love of learning, not rogue memorization. When the opportunity to join the staff at Lake Meridian Montessori presented itself, I knew it was meant to be. I am so excited to working with the families and students here. The chance to enrich life in my hometown is a dream come true!
With a number of years pre-school teaching behind me, I am a fully qualified and experienced & Certified Montessori teacher with a unique combination of educational and organizational skills. I have been involved with supporting parents as well as children and I have a great deal of confidence whether dealing with adults or pre-schoolers. I am used to giving equal learning opportunities to all sorts of children including those who do not have English as a first language and those with learning difficulties. My passion is for getting every child I come into contact with the best start in life and an excitement for learning about the world around them that can last until adulthood. I speak English & Bosnian language. I love going hiking and spending time at the beach. I play basketball and tennis and love writing my own poetry. I look forward to teaching children and having them experience their childhood and having them be the best they can be.
Hi, my name is Leslie. I love being a Lake Meridian Montessori Preschool Teacher! I believe all children can feel capable and confident as they grow and learn. It’s a joy for me to help your child in this process. I like to encourage creativity by doing arts and crafts and by allowing your child to creatively sole problems and think for themselves. I enjoy incorporating music in many of our activities to grab the children’s attention and to help them learn in a fun, memorable way.
Outside of the classroom, I love to travel! I have been to Europe 3 times, Mexico, and Washington DC. I appreciate all cultures, food and interesting history. I’m currently studying at Green River College to pursue my Early Childhood Education. I look forward to working with your child and you to help them learn and succeed at the Lake Meridian Montessori Preschool!