Lead Montessori Teacher ::
Nicole Johnson :: njohnson@mdpsc.org
Montessori Assistant ::
Maxwell Averill :: maverill@mdpsc.org

















Hello Junior Elementary Two Parents and Students,


Allow us to introduce you to our dynamic team facilitating independent learning in the true Montessori style.  In partnership   with the Junior Elementary 1 class, we create a community-based environment that targets learning through individual, partners and small groups lessons.

We have many excellent things planned for this year, starting with the teaching of “The First Great Lesson” within the first two weeks of class.  This lesson, and the following four “Great Lessons” are the foundation to both Cosmic Education and Peace Education that is a key element of the Montessori philosophy.  They help to stir children’s imagination as they begin to wonder about the big questions in life:  “What is the universe?” “How did the Earth begin?” “How did life begin?” “Who am I?” “Why am I here?”  “How am I the same/ or different/ from others?”Maria Montessori believed that Junior Elementary is the age to stir all the wonder in the universe. 

As a charter school, we honor the Montessori spirit as our driver.  At the same time, we are accountable to holding to the Federal Common Core Standards.  These standards seek to deepen the content of education and improve the overall quality.  We are happy to report that this year our school is rated as an “A School” in that effort!

This year, the Junior Elementary 2 class is being taught by the following teachers:


Ms. Misty is a guide (Lead Teacher) in the elementary (JE2) classroom. Prior to coming to Montessori Day Schools-Lakeshore in Chandler she was a lead guide for primary classrooms in both Mesa and Fountain Hills. Ms. Misty has a degree in Psychology and a Montessori primary diploma from AMS and has been in Montessori environments since 2004. Her main interests in the classroom are math and science with special focus on algebra, geometry, chemistry, physics, botany, and biology. When not at work she enjoys creating materials for her son and the classroom, reading many books, and hiking with her family. She is extremely excited to be working with the community at MDPSC and looks forward to seeing both the children, the teachers, and the school grow.


Ms. Jill:  This is her seventh year of teaching at MDS.  Having begun in the Primary level, followed by teaching K1 for two years, she is now in her second year of teaching at the Junior Elementary level.  Miss Jill brings a wealth of experience in the arts and a love of language and reading to the classroom.  She loves the community based learning of the Montessori Method and is especially excited to be implementing the Great Lessons involved in the cosmic education and Peace Education that Maria Montessori believed formed the foundation for world citizenship.


Ms. Thi now enters her ninth year of teaching at Montessori Day School.  This is her fourth year of partnering with Ms. Jill and, once again, she brings her strong team spirit.  She also brings her skills in French and her love for Art.


All three teachers bring their love for the Montessori method and, of course, their love for the children and the special gifts they offer the adults who have the privilege of working with them.

General Daily Schedule

8:15 – 8:30      Students arrive, get settled, join circle

8:30 – 8:45      Attendance, Pledge, Daily Meeting

8:45 – 11:25     Uninterrupted Work Cycle  (independent work, small group/independent lessons)

11-25 -1 1:35    Clean Up

11:35 – 11:50    Author Study / Star Student Sharing

11:50 – 12:00   Lunch set up / Wash Hands

12:00 – 12:30   Group A Lunch     Group B Recess

12:30 – 1:00     Group B Lunch    Group A Recess

1:00 – 1:30       Independent / Partner Reading       Small Group Reading Lessons

1:30 – 2:50      Uninterrupted Work Cycle (independent work, small group/independent lessons)

2:50 – 3:00     Clean Up / Care for the Environment

3:00 – 3:15     Gather belongings / End of the Day Circle / Dismissal