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About Northeast Iowa Montessori School

The joy of learning

Northeast Iowa Montessori School provides a nurturing environment that cultivates each child’s intellectual and creative potential while instilling a sense of individual and global responsibility.
NEIM directly follows the philosophy, principles and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori.

NEIM believes that children learn by doing. Purposeful work that is spontaneously chosen is carried out with profound satisfaction. Northeast Iowa Montessori encourages independence, respect to self and others, critical thinking, and a responsibility to the world around them.

Northeast Iowa Montessori (NEIM) is a 501c3 not-for-profit school, serving children ages 3 to 6. The curriculum follows the methods outlined by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and anthropologist, whose theories about educational learning styles developed through decades of careful and systematic observation of children from various cultural, social, psychological backgrounds.

Our Core Values

Caring

We have a passion for the people we serve and the families we support.

Diversity

We are committed to diversity in our staffing and in the communities and people that we serve.

Excellence

We strive to achieve highest standards of organizational excellence through implementing best practices.

Innovation

We provide creative responses to community needs.

Integrity

We honor our commitments. We will not promise what we cannot deliver.

Respect

We honor people as individuals. We offer choices to the people we serve.

Stewardship

We will manage NEIM so that we remain financially strong with an overall fiscal strategy that supports the delivery of quality programs.

Team Work

We are committed to teamwork through building relationships, establishing partnerships and developing leadership.

Montessori Method

The Montessori Method of Education supports the child’s developmental needs for freedom within limitations.
In a carefully prepared environment the child is guaranteed exposure to materials and experiences through which to develop intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities.

Our History

In the winter of 2002, several parents met to discuss alternative philosophies of educating children in the area. We were a group of 23 parents of infants. Committees were formed and research was done on alternative preschool environments. At a follow-up meeting, a consensus was decided that Montessori philosophy should come to Decorah families.

Faculty & Staff

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Erika Kambs

Head of School
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Tasha Ewy

Lead Guide
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Jenny Lenehan

Full-time Assistant Guide
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Christine Gowdy-Jaehnig

Part-time Assistant Guide
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Claire Tebbenhoff

Part-time Assistant Guide