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MPI-Cold Springs

We are excited about this new program!

Capacity: up to 15 children     Ratio: 1:8 or less      Age group: Mixed age 0-5

Philosophy & Curriculum

  • Similar to our MPI school that has been providing high-quality service to families since 2015. A child-centered approach, a combination of Montessori & emergent curriculum, a focus on social emotional learning featuring Conscious Discipline & Pyramid Model teaching practices, and an emphasis on whole-child development, cultural diversity and inclusion will all be consistent. 


  • Based on survey responses from interested families, the program operating time is tentatively set at M-F 8:30-4. 

  • Depending on needs from families, we are open to making adjustments to the operating time as we go.

  • A family can choose a schedule that is 3, 4, or 5 days per week.

Opening date

  • We moved in the classroom on March 1, 2024 and started operation on March 25, 2024.

Director: Dr. River Yang

  • Montana's Highest Professional Level (Level 10) Early Care & Education Practitioner

  • Early Childhood Education Trainer (Professional Development Specialist III)

  • Ph.D., College of Health and Human Development, the Pennsylvania State University 

  • International Montessori Teaching Diplomas: Preschool/Kindergarten; Lower Elementary

  •  A happily married wife and a mother of two daughters (one teenager, one young adult)

  • A life long learner who enjoys professional development, reading, playing music, dancing, ice skating, gardening, and horse-back riding

Teacher: Ms. Maria

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Extensive experience working with children (from infants to elementary ages) since 2003 

  • Experience in preschool/child center administration

  • Enjoys family life and cherishes moments with husband, son, and daughter

  • Loves skiing and scenic hikes with family; enjoys literature, podcasts, and the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Has a profound belief in the partnership between parents and educators

Assistant teacher: Ms. Ruby

  • A native speaker of Chinese with a bachelor's degree in Business English from a university in China

  • 1.5 years working experience in an international school in China

  • 2 years at Jeanette Rankin Elementary School working directly with children in various positions (playground assistant, etc.)

  • 1 year experience living in New Zealand

  • An MPI (original location) alumni parent and sub (before Covid) who has loved the philosophy and practices at MPI

  • An accomplished piano player 

  • Lives in Missoula with husband, daughter, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, and a few chickens


We still have openings. If you are interested in MPI-Cold Springs, please start by                                        


If the tour times don't work for you, you can send us a message on the booking website to let us know your availabilities.

We Wish You Well

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