High Desert Montessori School offers programs for 1st-8th grade students who need care for hours outside of the regular school day. The “Before Care” and “After Care” enrichment programs are an option for parents for a drop in rate or monthly 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.
Advance registration is required and the rates are for a one month block of time. You can choose just the “Before Care” option as well as just choosing the “After Care” option, or Before & After Care. We also have “Drop-In” rates.
Both programs are held at our 2590 Orovada St. location
Please locate the link to view our rates for this program.

Enrichment Staff

Ms. Sharon - Morning Care Program

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

I was a Licensed Daycare Provider for 12 years.  I raised 3 children of my own.  I have personally studied the Montessori philosophy and attended Love and Logic classes.  I was hired in 2006 and have worked as an Elementary Assistant ever since.  

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I love working with children.  They are the future of the world.  I strongly agree with Maria Montessori’s philosophy and the hands-on technique of learning.  I love how the little lights shine in the children when they can choose work they are passionate about. Also, the Staff at HDMS are incredible professional adults that are dedicated and loving towards the children and their position.  I look forward to coming to work everyday.  It’s an honor and I am proud to be a part of the HDMS team.

Ms. Martha - Morning Care Program

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

I have worked with children for 20 years now. I have my sub license for K-12 years. I have 2 grandchildren at the school. I have also studied different philosophies of education and what I learned about Montessori was very appealing to me. 

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I enjoy the empowerment that Montessori gifts children, in leadership, classroom environment pride, and independent directed education.

Ms. Jyoti - After Care Program

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

I have a Masters in Equity & Diversity in Education and a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Sciences. I have worked as a Special Education aide at Washoe County School District, at Head Start, and as a substitute at WCSD.  I came across HDMS online and researched the school and applied for an open assistant position.

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I love the Montessori program because it allows a child to be him/herself and learn with freedom and responsibility.  It teaches a child to be independent, responsible, and learn at his/her own level.

Ms. Melissa - After Care Program

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

I was trained through an early childhood education program for licensed home childcare at Keesler Air Force Base. I am currently a member of the Nevada Registry and continue classes offered through the children’s cabinet and Nevada registry. I have a sheriff’s card and I’m CPR certified.I decided to return to work after my children were grown.

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I started working at HDMS in the infant Toddler program. Currently, I’m a aftercare Assistant. I enjoy the aftercare program because of the freedom of crafts and activities offered to our students. 

Ms. Tress - After Care Program

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

As an undergraduate an Norteast Missouri State University, I studied Anthropology and Sociology. I was an administrative assistant for a local independent business for 15 years and a stay-at-home parent for nearly a decade prior to coming to HDMS. My son has been attending the school since kindergarten. When my daughter started kindergarten here last year, I was ready to become a member of our community as a staff member as well as a parent.

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

When my son was ready for kindergarten, I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered a free public charter Montessori school in my neighborhood. Over the years, my familiarity with the school as a parent deepened my appreciation for the idea of child led learning. The respect for children at our school and the compassion and independence I see in our students inspire and humble me.

Ms. Sandy - After Care Program

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

I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Speech Communications (major) and an English (minor) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Later I got my teaching credential from the University of Nevada Reno, in English. Although I do not have any formal training in Culinary Arts, I taught Culinary and Food Safety ( I am a certified food protection manager) at Rainshadow Charter High School , Also at Rainshadow our students and I ran a public coffee shop and bakery, a pizzeria and served over a 100 free lunches a day to our staff and students. I worked there  just prior to coming to High Desert Montessori. I came to HDMS through a teacher that worked at Rainshadow and later got a job at HDMS.

 

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

To be honest, I knew nothing about the Montessori School and its philosophy until I started working at the school. As the years went by, I grew to learn, appreciate and implement its concepts. As I have seen students move from grade to grade, more than not, I have  witnessed their growth in many amazing ways. Some students return to visit after graduation and I am thrilled to hear about their academic successes, as well as their personal ones. I am honored to work at the school and be a part of a great staff that is dedicated and works tirelessly to make the school what it is today, AWESOME.

Mr. Mason - After Care Program

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

I am studying Mechanical Engineering at UNR with a minor in mathematics. I attended High Desert Montessori for 1st through 8th grade (2007-2015) and now help out with math tutoring and the after care program.  

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I love being able to explain a math concept to a kid and see their light bulb just explode. It shows that I have possibly sparked an interest in math for other students.