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School will begin on August 31, 2020 with new health and safety measures in place to protect families and staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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 in the preschool program, and ages 6 to 10 in the elementary program. 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.

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. 

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

Rachael lives in Decorah with her husband and three daughters.

Rachael Buresh

Head of School
Heather lives in Decorah with her husband and children.

Heather Vilardo

Lead Guide
In her free time Jenny enjoys the outdoors, helping out on her parents farm, and spending time with her husband, Shane and dog, Ava.

Jenny Lenehan

Full-time Assistant Guide
In her free time, she enjoys reading, crochet, and water aerobics.

Claire Tebbenhoff

Part-time Assistant Guide
Jane lives outside of Decorah with her husband and son.

Jane Busch

Elementary Lead Guide