Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.  - Maria Montessori


Our History  

In 2007, Keri Garavaglia moved with her then-husband James Bauckman to Whatcom County, Washington, with the dream of creating and building a Montessori school. Keri’s grandparents, Aubra and Dorothy Tilley, generously offered to help her fulfill this dream.

In the fall of 2008, the families and staff of Pleasant Valley Montessori School became part of Pioneer Meadows Montessori School (PMMS), and the next fall Salmonberry Montessori in Bellingham also joined Pioneer Meadows. In February 2010, Pioneer Meadows Montessori officially became a federally designated 501(c)(3) non-profit school.

Pioneer Meadows Montessori is located on 5.6 acres in Ferndale adjacent to 20+ acres of open space. Our school will eventually be linked to a city-wide trail system, and we are within walking distance of the new Ferndale Public Library. We have two Children’s House classrooms and two Elementary classrooms, including Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. All of our classrooms include access to the outdoors via spacious decks; children are able to move freely between the outside and inside environments during work time.

The children also enjoy, and assist in the care of, organic gardens, a small fruit tree orchard, and native and wildflower gardens. The grounds include a playground and a large open area for running and games. The children also help care for small flocks of sheep and chickens. In summer 2012, we added a barn to serve as a winter paddock for our sheep, and provide additional storage.

JANUARY 2018   
School Resumes
PMMS Board Meeting
Montessori Information Night
No School
Martin Luther King Day
Graduates Panel Parents’ Education Night—all families
Early Dismissal
Early Release Day - all programs
State of School Presentation
No School
Staff In-Service Day – No School

​  FEBRUARY 2018 
Montessori Information Night
No School
Mid-Winter Break – No School

School Hours

Children’s House Half Day: 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

(or until 1:15 p.m., if staying for Lunch Bunch)

Children’s House Full Day: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Pioneer Meadows Montessori - 2377 Douglas Road, Ferndale WA - 360.778.3681
PMMS is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.  PMMS does not discriminate in the admission of students or in the operation of
the school on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin.