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Sugarloaf Montessori

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Open: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Ages: 12 Months - 9 Years
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Welcome to Our School

Welcome to Sugarloaf Montessori School in Duluth, GA. We were established in 1999 and are committed to the principles and philosophies of the Montessori Method.

My name is Michelle Whaley. As the director of Sugarloaf Montessori School, I am proud to say that we are highly respected in the Duluth area. I started my Montessori journey 26 years ago and joined this school in 2004.

We strongly encourage parent participation and host family events throughout the year. This school is very much a second home for everyone. The children have a sense of belonging and purpose and are respected and loved.

I invite you to come in and learn about Montessori and how it can benefit your child. The best time to tour is between 9-11 a.m. so you can see the classroom community in full swing. I look forward to seeing you soon!

​Montessori Programs by Age

Electives Offered

Elective programs allow Montessori students to learn by exploring creative outlets that will help them advance in the future—while giving your family more free time on evenings and weekends. We offer:

Soccer, Music, Literacy

Make. Do. Tinker. Think.

Our authentic Montessori experience is enhanced by a STEAM Studio.

Featuring hands-on learning stations for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math, the studio is available to Primary program students at least once a week.

  • Science lab equipment will include items such as salt, vinegar, popsicle sticks, glue, clay, straws, etc., for children to perform simple experiments
  • Technology learning experiences will be highlighted by tablets and educational apps
  • Art studio activities will incorporate natural elements (such as leaves) and will feature various modes of art; for example, pendulum painting

Ask the school director for additional details.

Meet Our Staff

Michelle Whaley, Administrative Director

Years Experience: 15

Certifications: AMI Montessori Diploma

I received my AMI Montessori Diploma in 1991 and began my Montessori teaching career at one of our sister schools. I eventually began teaching at SMS and became director in 2007. Being part of the Montessori community and watching the children’s development throughout the years has been one of my greatest joys. I feel honored to be part of their Montessori experience.

Meet Our Staff

Gladys Decoo, Assistant Director

Years Experience: 4

I was a stay at home mom for 10 years and joined Sugarloaf Montessori School in 2013 as a Montessori classroom assistant. I’m enjoying my role as assistant director and feel honored to be part of your child’s development. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and going on road trips with my husband and two children.

Meet Our Staff

Bhavini Tailor, Pre-Primary Guide

Years Experience: 18

Certifications: American Montessori Society

I fell in love with the Montessori philosophy when my oldest son started his Montessori education at Sugarloaf Montessori School. The Montessori Method is designed to promote children’s self-discovery of their environment. In my spare time, I enjoy painting and spending time with my family.

Meet Our Staff

Shakiba Omerzai, Lead Directress

Years Experience: 17

Certifications: American Montessori Society

I joined Sugarloaf Montessori School in 2015 and have enjoyed watching the children’s growth and development - they amaze me every day! My hobbies are gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with my two children.

Meet Our Staff

Susan White, Primary Directress

Years Experience: 10

Certifications: Association Montessori Certification

After having had an awesome Montessori experience with my daughter, I obtained my AMI certification in 2001. I previously enjoyed an extensive career in social work which serves me well as I continue working with children and families. We work hard, play hard, and maintain a good sense of humor!

Meet Our Staff

Yvonne Barrett, Primary Directress

Years Experience: 18

Certifications: Association Montessori Internationale, St. Nicholas certification

The Montessori philosophy and approach has not only influenced me as a teacher, it has also been an integral part of my role as parent. Both of my children were Montessori students and it has given them each a sound base for life. As a Montessori teacher, my greatest joy is to see a child’s face light up when they “get it.” Outside of school, I enjoy salsa dancing and hiking.

Meet Our Staff

Heather Barich, Lead Elementary Directress

Years Experience: 20

Certifications: American Montessori Society

I am a member of several professional organizations including the American Montessori Society, the American Association for the Child's Right to Play, the Reading Recovery Council of North America, and Montessori for Social Justice. I am the mother to two children who attended Montessori school from their toddler years through 8th grade and I have a love for travel! One day, I would like to earn a Ph.D. in an area of study that can affect America's education policy in a positive way.

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Local School Phone Number: 678.473.0079678.473.0079 License #: CCLC-2519