In 1977, Tom and Kathy Andrews founded the Montessori Children’s House in a local church. The school began as a way for the Andrews to give their own children access to a Montessori education in the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 1980, Betsy Hoke was appointed Head of School and in 1983 she purchased the school from the Andrews. Betsy expanded its offerings to include a co-educational program that served preschool – eighth-grade students at two campuses. Classes are still held in renovated sections of the original Hoke home, reminding students, parents, faculty and staff alike of our rich history. When you visit our Troutdale campus, ask to hear the story about our “hidden” swimming pool.
Under Betsy Hoke’s direction in 2005, Montessori School of Evergreen transitioned to a nonprofit organization, and is now governed by a Board of Trustees. Together, the BOT and Betsy conducted a successful Capital Campaign to build a gym/theater facility, which is used every day!
After Betsy’s retirement in 2009, Beth Heller served as Head of School and continued its long-standing history of excellence by fostering Montessori School of Evergreen’s national reputation as an outstanding Montessori and independent school. Beth–in concert with the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff- led the school through a successful dual accreditation program with ACIS and AMS, added Toddler and Full-Day Primary programs, started the Young Entrepreneurs Program (which is now the Middle School Micro Economy Elective) and started a pay-for performance option for faculty members.
The school was thrilled to welcome Bill Schuver as its next Head of School in July of 2015 after Beth’s retirement. Bill has a long and distinguished career in education and he continues MSE’s legacy of growth and excellence. Bill obtained the Administrator Credential from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR) in 2017.
The school serves children and their families from as far away as Idaho Springs, Pine, Bailey, Golden, Boulder and Lakewood. We are accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) and the American Montessori Society (AMS). MSE is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Montessori School of Evergreen began as a special place to learn where educators foster self-reliance, academic innovation, and curiosity in every student, and we continue to honor our rich history still today.