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Pathway Montessori School was founded in 2012 by Mary Howard King and Marsha McKinney Kiste with a desire to offer a Montessori experience to some of the area’s youngest children.  With gratitude and appreciation for All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Pathway Montessori School operates in its current location.  The name Pathway Montessori was adopted to symbolize a course of discovery and exploration for learning.


Director: Marsha McKinney Kiste 

Marsha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Mississippi State University.  She has an American Montessori Society teaching certificate from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Early Childhood; New Rochelle, NY.  Previously Marsha worked at another local Montessori school where she served as a lead teacher in the toddler and early childhood classrooms.  She also was lead teacher for the pre-K and kindergarten programs.  She has worked in the past as a tutor at the Learning Skills Center. Marsha and her husband have two sons who attend Pathway Montessori School.


"The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

- Maria Montessori

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