Our adolescent program (grades 7-8) offers a unique combination of academic work and field experiences within a small, safe community.

Teachers are subject matter specialists with additional Montessori training. Under their guidance, students participate in rigorous, individualized work.

Students also have regular opportunities for creative expression, and are encouraged to organize community projects.

Through knowledge and experience, our adolescents develop a better understanding of their roles in the larger society. They leave our program prepared to succeed in any high school environment.

Meet the Teachers

Mr. Eric - Star Peak - Middle School Science

About Me

Hi, I am Eric Perez and I love being a part of the High Desert Montessori family. I have been a science teacher for many years but had the opportunity to join the HDMS team in 2017. My son was a student at HDMS and I am proud to say that I have been an assistant coordinator at Kids on Big Rigs since it’s inception. I look forward to working with you to explore science and to learn about your world.

Ms. Robin - Boundary Peak - Middle School Language Arts

About Me

My name is Robin Barry and I teach English language arts, in the Boundary Peak classroom. My education consists of: a bachelor’s degree in English from Sierra Nevada College, a master’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and in 2011, I received my AMI Montessori adolescent training in Ohio. One thing I love about my job is the fact that every day is a different day, and the adolescent students never fail to surprise me. Outside of school, I enjoy photography and spending time with my family.

Ms. Kelly - Rose Peak - Middle School Social Studies

About Me

Hello, I’m Kelly Casey and I teach Adolescent Social Studies in the Rose Peak classroom.  I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in education and I completed the AMI adolescent training in 2010. I have two sons at HDMS. Jesse is in the infant toddler program and James is in our primary program.  Through the years I have had many experiences, and I can truly say that teaching middle school is an exciting, interesting and enjoyable endeavor. I am very happy to be a part of the HDMS community and welcome new families to join with us to provide a great educational environment for our students.

Ms. Sandy – Middle School Assistant

Ms. Jessica - Wheeler Peak - Middle School Math

About Me

Hi my name is Jessica Estes and I teach Mathematics, as well as Ceramics, in the Wheeler Peak classroom. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno. I love to be outside and be active! I enjoy helping maintain and enrich our gardens here at HDMS. I am passionate about math and art, but I am also very passionate about helping my students find their place within the community and how to be positive, active role models. Here at HDMS we all strive to challenge and support all of our students in every way we can, beyond the classroom.  

Ms. Monica – Middle School Assistant