Children’s House (CH)


Hello! My name is Melissa K. Johnson, and I have been the Children’s House teacher since 2006 at La Crescent Montessori and STEM School.  I am an elementary education graduate from Viterbo University and I received my American Montessori Society certification from Seton Montessori. In addition to teaching, I have also sat on the board of directors serving as secretary, vice president, or president. In the past, I have participated in, co-chaired, and/or chaired curriculum committee, personnel committee, public relations committee, and policy committee.  I love to travel and listen to music with my husband, D.J., and children Greere and Darwin.  I am also a dance teacher at Nicole’s School of Dance in La Crescent where I can share my passion for the art with many other children in the community.  I love the family atmosphere of LMSS and am incredibly grateful for my position within the school and all of the families I has met along the way.

About Children’s House

Children’s House is the Montessori name for a specially designed pre-kindergarten and kindergarten individualized program with mixed age groups – ages 3 – 6. The curriculum includes work in practical life, sensorial, math, language, geography, science, movement, music and art. Our primary goal is to “nurture the whole child” in an environment in which students learn at their own pace. We guide children’s development of self-esteem, independence, coordination, concentration and respect for themselves, others and the environment. Practicing socialization skills, developing good interpersonal problem solving skills, and learning attitudes of grace and courtesy are also important goals.

A Children’s House Teacher co-teaches with a teaching partner and establishes a collaborative team teaching environment. Teachers establish positive relationships with parents providing regular communication regarding classroom, curriculum and individual student needs and progress. Teachers complete on-going professional development and participate in required school meetings and events.


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