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

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. Drue - After Care Program

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

I’ve spent my entire life in Reno. Both of my parents are teachers, so spending time with children runs in the family. I am attending UNR right now and majoring in Business. I‘ve grown up playing sports and I think they have been vital to my growth as a human being. I love the ocean and my favorite place is on a boat! I learned about HDMS from Ms. Sherrie and I was extremely interested in the school. I also have little cousins who attend here, so it was a perfect fit for me! 

What do you enjoy about working with HDMS students?  

My favorite part of the day is checking the kids in and seeing their smiling faces! I also enjoy teaching and playing games with them outside. I truly am happy to come into work every day and am excited to continue!

Mr. Kolton - After Care Program

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

I was a student here from preschool through to the 9th grade. I came back because I wanted to help in aftercare so assistants who have been here all day don’t have to.

Why do you believe in our public charter Montessori school?

I believe that this school played a great part of in the student, and person, I have become. I have been through high school and some college now, and have compared my experiences. My time here and the skills I learned are weighed as invaluable.