High Desert Montessori School offers programs for 1st-8th grade students who need care for hours outside of the regular school day.  Advance registration is required and rates are due monthly for a one month block of time or daily as a drop-in fee.
Our “Before Care” program opens at 7:30 a.m. Parents should sign their child in to the program each morning.
Our “After Care” program closes at 5:30 p.m. and parents need to sign their child out.

Enrichment Staff

Mr. Mason - Elementary After Care Program

Tell us a little about yourself (where you’re from, hobbies, interests, your connection to HDMS)?

I have been in the High Desert Montessori Community since 2007. I started when I was in 1st grade and went all the way through 8th grade. I started working the afterschool program last year and love working with the students during after school time. Outside of work, I am a Mechanical Engineering Major at UNR with a minor in Mathematics. When not at work or school, I am usually working on homework for my classes or planning out the next activity for aftercare. When not doing that, I love to watch football with my family on weekends. I work as a high school football official (when high school football is actually happening), I am an eagle scout from Venture Crew 154, and I LOVE to raft and kayak on whitewater rivers.

What do you enjoy about working with HDMS students in the Before & After School Program?   

I love to work with the Adolescents in the afterschool program because of the creativity they have. The students are self-sufficient in their activities, and everyone (including myself), usually joins in on the game. I don’t see it as an afterschool program. I see it as a teen club that happens to meet after school.

Miss Kat - Elementary After Care Program

Tell us a little about yourself (where you’re from, hobbies, interests, your connection to HDMS)?

I am from Sparks, Nevada and have lived here my whole life. I have been connected to HDMS for a really long time. When I was just two years old, my mom found this great preschool program for me to join. I then stayed at this school until my 9th grade year. So this school isn’t really connected to me, it is a part of me. My brother also attended HDMS from age two years old through 9th grade. My hobbies change a lot, but right now they are playing volleyball with my friends at the Sparks Marina, baking, cooking, roller skating, and just hanging out with friends. My interests are anything and everything. I love learning about new things every day. I am currently a sophomore in college, attending Western Nevada College where I am working on an AAS in Deaf Studies, a transferable AA, an Interpreters certificate, and my BA in Secondary Education. I’m going to be transferring to UNR in the fall of 2021 and will finish my BA there. I want to be a high school government teacher. Specifically I want to teach a class called “We The People”. 

What do you enjoy about working with HDMS students in the Before & After School Program?  

I enjoy the fact that this doesn’t feel like a job. I get to set up and teach them new games. I love that we never see students say no to other students joining in and learning the games. The students always love to be challenged and like to get me to play with them as well. When I show them a new game, it is always an amazing feeling to watch them understand what is going on and finally get to the ah-ha moment of how to play and then they start playing and eventually become really good. The important thing about it is creating a mutually respected relationship with the students I have in the mornings and afternoons.

Mr. Eli - Elementary After Care Program

What is your experience and training and how did you come to our school?
Most of my training and experience in childcare has taken place here at High Desert. I enjoy working here and with all the students very much!
Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?
I believe in High Desert because we are able to teach the students in a very special way that helps us as the staff see what makes each child special and highlights how unique they are.

Miss Dani - Elementary After Care Program

What is your experience and training and how did you come to our school?

I have worked with elementary school-aged children for the past 3 years through numerous environments, including after school Enrichment programs with WCSD, volunteering, and summer camps. After gaining experience working through the school district, I found HDMS through my mom and wanted the opportunity to see education from a different perspective. I am going to UNR for Speech-Language Pathology, and I hope to integrate the skills and experiences I am gaining here into my work with future clients.

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I believe that our school exhibits a great model of education and provides a safe space for students to be curious and explore a wide variety of skills. This school has established a tight-knit community where students are genuinely excited to learn and are proud to share their discoveries and creations.

Mr. Erik - Adolescent After Care Program

What is your experience and training and how did you come to our school?

 

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?