MRM student takes GOLD at science fair!

Wells Sharpe, a sixth grader at May River Montessori was awarded first place on Monday, March 20th at the awards ceremony of The Sea Island Regional Science Fair. His project on Improving Desalination merited a first place prize in the Environmental Science category.

The Sea Island Regional Science Fair (SIRSF) is the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Broadcom MASTERS Competition affiliate for Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  Beaufort County School District served as the annual host for the middle school and high school regional competitions. The winners of the culminating fair for the high school program compete at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.

They have a pool of approximately fifty judges comprised mostly of retired engineers, scientists, and doctors who volunteer their time between November and April to help support science in education through science fairs and other activities.

Wells has been educated at May River Montessori since the age of two, when he entered The Cottage with Ms. Bea.  As Wells has grown, he has truly been a model of the Montessori practice of observation, individual liberty, and preparation of our environment. 

This year, his teacher Ms. Michele, has further solidified these practices teaching Wells how to apply the scientific method to his personal inquiry project of Improving Desalination. Wells independently crafted a hypothesis and charted his observations as he concluded that a composter desalinated water more effectively versus the sun or a heat lamp.

We wish Wells the very best as he graduates May River Montessori this spring and embarks on his new educational adventures in Middle School.

Box Tops

Bring in those Box Tops! 
We earned over $500 last year with your help!
Please send them in to your child's teacher.

Kroger Community Rewards

Link your Kroger Card to May River Montessori and each shopping trip will benefit the school. You need to sign up yearly so click below to renew or create a new account.

School Pictures--updated schedule

The fabulous Pressly Hall will be doing school photos (schedule below). Sibling portraits are private sessions conducted after school. Can be any group of children you like, not just siblings. Call Pressly to make an appointment 843-540-3943

MONDAY 10/24

  • Cottage Toddlers (M/Tu)
  • Jasmine Room
  • Sunflower Room
  • *Sibling Portraits- (3:40 pm- last appt.)


Tuesday 10/25

  • Magnolia Room
  • Azalea Room
  • Palmetto Room
  • *Sibling Portraits (3:40 pm- last apt.)


Wednesday 10/26

  • Cottage Toddlers (W/Th/F)
  • Willow Room
  • Oak Room
  • *Sibling Portraits- (3:40 pm- last appt.)


Dear Parents,
Thank you for your commitment and interest in your child’s schooling!

We will try hard to make tonight interesting and fun.  Your name tag indicates group 1 or 2; please see the following schedule.  Rooms will be marked with the name of the avenue. 

Please meet in the Elementary Building at 6:00 pm.

You will get name tag as you walk in! See you there.

Red---Group 1
Blue---Group 2

Group 1----Red
6:30-6:45    Practical Life    Jasmine (Diane/Carolin/Bea)
6:45-7:00    Language     Magnolia (Cindy/Jennifer Barefield)
7:00-7:15    Sensorial   Azalea (Lori/Helen)
7:15-7:30    Math       Sunflower (Deborah/Jen Zimmerman)

Group 2----Blue
6:30-6:45    Sensorial     Azalea (Lori/Helen)
6:45-7:00    Math            Sunflower (Deborah/Jen Zimmerman)
7:00-7:15    Practical Life        Jasmine (Diane/Carolin/Bea)
7:15-7:30    Language        Magnolia (Cindy/Jennifer Barefield)

PORCH PARTY--updated

It's not a hurri-can't, it's a HURRI-CAN! We are still having the Porch Party, rescheduled for October 28th. Come meet new friends, chat with old ones and enjoy the special drink of the night: the Hurricane!

Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

63 Wharf Street

$35 per person. RSVP if you haven't done so yet.

Meet the new staff!

We are so pleased to welcome the following new members to our staff this year!

Elementary Administrative Assistant JoAnn Anderson
JoAnn Anderson has been an elementary educator for almost a decade; over three years in the Bluffton area after moving here from New Jersey. She received her Masters of Teaching from The College of William & Mary. It was there that she discovered the Montessori method when her advisor enlisted his graduate students to help open the first Montessori School in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Prior to her career in education, JoAnn earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Fairfield University. She worked as a marketing manager for art and fashion firms in the New York Area.

JoAnn, her husband, and two boys have enjoyed living in and exploring the low country with all it has to offer.

Oak Room Teacher Michele Quigley
The oldest of three children, I was born and raised in Hilton Head, South Carolina where my mother has been a Montessori teacher for over 30 years. Early on, under her tutelage, I experienced the deep satisfaction that comes with helping another person learn. After completing my undergraduate studies (B.A. in Spanish/Pre-Med) at the University of South Carolina, I began work on my Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education. Upon completion, I accepted a position at Hilton Head Island IB Elementary school, where I have taught the past six years. During my time at Hilton Head Island IB Elementary I continued my post-graduate studies to obtain my Gifted and Talented Endorsement. Other notable experiences include co-piloting a technology integration program, receiving a grant from the Foundation of Excellence in Education, and becoming a certified Mast Naturalist. Furthermore, I was honored to represent the school as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year and also to receive the Sue West Educator of the Year Award in 2015. 

I believe learning occurs best in a supportive and positive community environment. In our classroom we will collaborate, take learning risks, foster passion, show respect, reflect on and grow from our mistakes and celebrate learning of all shapes and sizes. I maintain high, achievable expectations for all learners, including myself. I believe that lifelong learning is essential and I continue to learn from my students on a daily basis. I value the support system our community offers and am looking forward to utilizing it to ensure our students have every opportunity to pursue their learning and be successful. I am privileged to be a part of a profession that is much bigger than a classroom. I am part of a community that nurtures future generations and that... is a beautiful responsibility. 

Elementary Building changes!

So much fantastic work is being done this summer! David Abney (father of Delaney Abney) has gone above and beyond to get construction on the upper levels of the Elementary building done on time for school to start. The Palmetto Room is also being renovated with new walls, ceiling, flooring and duct work. We will prepare to be in old upper El room for a few weeks if needed. But once it's all done, it will be a wonderful new space!

Volunteer Opportunities

 Volunteer Opportunities 2016-2017

Please contact the school to sign up!


  • September 24th - Porch Party 
  • October - School Pictures / Assist Photographer 
  • October - Mother/Son Event 
  • November 17th - Bake Sale
  • February 10th - Father/Daughter Dance
  • March 17th - Spring Party
  • March 24th– Presidential Fitness



  • Yard work/Gardening
  • Technology
  • Presidential Fitness Testing (K-5th grade)
  • Sewing
  • Photography  We would like one photographer for each class
  • Substitute Teaching 
  • Fun Fridays Elementary

Special Programs for the fall

Music (Elementary,Primary & Toddlers)
Kali Cooke: Students will have loads of fun singing, dancing moving, and playing a variety of musical instruments. They will be given the opportunity to learn about basic musical components such as rhythm, pitch, music history, composition and genre. The classes are high energy, filled with both live and recorded music.

Ms. Jeanne Fawcett: Jeanne (Ms. Sharon’s mom) will be reading wonderful stories to the children. The children love and enjoy Ms. Jeanne.

Physical Education (Primary & Elementary)
Jennifer Green:   Will be doing P.E. with our Primary and Elementary children once a week.  There are so many topics to cover that involve learning activity to take of our bodies.  We will discuss muscles and do activities that challenge your child’s balance, coordination, agility and flexibility.  Inspiring an individual child to learn about their body and how it works will certainly always involve FUN!

Art Program (Elementary and 3 year olds) 
Janine Cole: The children will explore different mediums and get further acquainted with several famous artists as well as create their own masterpiece. It would be appreciated if you send in an old t-shirt to use during class to protect their clothing. In addition, please provide your child with a spiral drawing pad.

Amy Thompson: In the Garden Program children learn about and explore nature with all their senses.  “Seed to Table” includes sowing seeds, watering plants, observing the garden, harvesting the bounty, and eating the fresh produce the children grow from organic, sustainable gardens. In all levels we have outside learning adventures about soil, bugs, water, compost, pollination, nutrition, and seasonal rhythms.