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About Us
 
In 2007 Keri Garavaglia moved to Bellingham with the dream of creating and building a Montessori school. Keri’s grandparents, Aubra and Dorothy Tilley, very generously offered to purchase land and build a school to help fulfill this dream. They have continued to support the school, making the dream become a reality.
 
In the fall of 2008 the families and staff of Pleasant Valley Montessori School became part of Pioneer Meadows Montessori School, and the next fall Salmonberry Montessori in Bellingham also became part of Pioneer Meadows.

As of February 2010, Pioneer Meadows Montessori officially became a federally designated 501(c)(3) non-profit school.

Pioneer Meadows Montessori is located on 5.6 acres in Ferndale adjacent to 20+ acres of open space. Our school will eventually be linked to a city-wide trail system, and we are within walking distance of the Ferndale city library. We have two Children’s House classrooms and two Elementary classrooms - Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. All of our classrooms include access to the outdoors via spacious decks; children are able to move freely between the outside and inside environments during work time.

The children also enjoy, and assist in the care of, organic gardens, a small fruit tree orchard, and native and wildflower gardens. The grounds include a playground and a large open area for running and games. Lastly, the children also help to care for small flocks of sheep and chickens. In the summer 2012 we added a barn to serve as a winter paddock for our sheep, as well as provide additional storage.

 

 Our Mission

 

At Pioneer Meadows Montessori School we strive to help children in their journey to self-realization through the guidance of the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. Our aim in the classroom is to create a prepared environment that meets the needs of every child. Our goal is to provide children with a peaceful and beautiful place complete with organic gardens and farm animals to care for, all of which are teaching tools within themselves.