​​"This then is the first duty of an educator: To stir up life but leave it free to develop."
​-Maria Montessori

The Story of Joyful Scholars

In the fall of 2012, two strangers began having the exact same conversation with their friends and colleagues: 

"Wenatchee really ought to have a Montessori elementary school!" 

Both were educators and mothers, and they each valued the enriching and vibrant experience their young children had experienced in Montessori preschool and Kindergarten programs. 

Thankfully, Wenatchee is a small enough town that before long, someone gave Cara the number to contact Anni, and the two had a conversation that went something like this:

Cara: I understand you have been asking about the possibility of a Montessori elementary school.

Anni: Yes, I have! Sadly, no one seems to want to offer one. But Montessori is such a wonderful approach, we really should have an elementary one here!

Cara: Agreed. I almost think I should look into it myself. By the way, what do you do for a living?

Anni: I'm a teacher. I specialize in language, reading, and Spanish. And you?

Cara: Ah. Well, I'm also a teacher. I specialize in math, science, and language acquisition.

(long pause)

Anni: Hmm. Perhaps we would make a perfect team!

It's not hard to guess what happened next...both Cara and Anni knew from that first conversation that something remarkable was about to unfold. During the following nine months, with the help of their families and friends, the two put countless hours into planning, advertising, and preparing for September. Cara began her Montessori certification, and soon the team had raised enough funds to purchase the necessary classroom materials. A wonderful location was secured, interested families signed up, and on September 4, 2013, Joyful Scholars opened its doors for the first time, serving just 12 students. For the first few months, the two teachers occasionally pinched themselves: Did we really do this? Is our dream actually a reality? Indeed, it is. Cara and Anni couldn't be more pleased to offer this educational opportunity to their fabulous students, and they are excited to see where the next few years lead.