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 the school’s offerings to include a co-educational program that served preschool to 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 of 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 (BOT). 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 strengthening Montessori School of Evergreen’s national reputation as an outstanding Montessori and independent school. Beth, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, led the school through a successful dual accreditation program with Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) and the American Montessori Society (AMS), added Toddler and Full-Day Primary programs, started the Young Entrepreneurs Program (now known as the Middle School Micro Economy Elective) and started a pay-for performance option for faculty members.
In July of 2015 Bill Schuver joined MSE as Head of School after Beth’s retirement. Bill obtained the Administrator Credential from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR) in 2017. Bill implemented programmatic and fiscal measures that strengthened MSE’s sustainability. In June 2019 Bill move on to a middle-school headship in the Pacific Northwest, where he has extended family.
In June 2019 Mark Gustavson stepped into the role of Head of School at MSE. Mark brings a wealth of experience in school leadership, team building, and Montessori education, as well as a student-centered philosophy to the role of Head of School. As a dedicated Montessori educator and administrator, Mark holds an MA from New York University in Educational Leadership and a BA from University of Massachusetts Amherst in History. He also has worked toward a PhD in Education at Lesley University. Mark began his career in education as a teacher at several schools before moving into administrative roles as Middle School Director at Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School and Assistant Principal at Beverly High School. Most recently, Mark worked at Kingsley Montessori in Boston beginning as Co-Director for Elementary in 2012, and later as Assistant Head of School for Education & Programs in 2016. In his most recent role before MSE, he led educational programs for more than 330 students across two campus locations and supervised more than fifty faculty members.
The school serves children and their families from as far away as Silver Plume, 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) through its ACIS accreditation.
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.
Middle School students help celebrate MSE’s 40th