Mission Statement: 

We seek to provide a safe, pleasing, enriching, and nurturing environment based on Maria Montessori’s principles and philosophy.  We strive to offer an environment with materials where all children can spontaneously investigate, explore, and discover.  Our approach is to allow each child to learn at his or her own best pace and honor the child’s needs to the fullest extent.


We are an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society.

We are licensed by the Mississippi State Department of Health.



What we offer:

At Pathway we are proud to offer a carefully designed, age-appropriate program that provides both freedom and opportunity for the child to explore and discover as he works with a variety of Montessori materials in an environment that is spacious, colorful, and engaging.

Our classrooms are designed to satisfy the needs of the child's sensitive period for order, independence, concentration, coordination, movement, and exploration.



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

                                                                                                                           --Maria Montessori



Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Enrollment Options:

2-Day per Week Option-$203 per month

3-Day per Week Option-$289 per month

4-Day per Week Option-$390.50 per month

5-Day per Week Option-$431 per month


Summer Programming is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of June and July.








Our Staff:  

Owner/Co-Lead Teacher:  

Marsha McKinney Kiste 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.



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Carol Alvis, Lead Teacher, has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a secondary teaching certificate from Belhaven College. She has worked with toddlers for almost twenty years in various settings, with the past six years in the Montessori environment. She has her Montessori certification for Infants and Toddlers. Carol and her husband Les have two children and have been in Tupelo for twenty-three years.

Kim Reece, Assistant Teacher.

Lisa Gray, Assistant Teacher

Ashley Oakes Briggs, Assistant Teacher.

Paige Lancaster Assistant Teacher

Amy Bishop. Co-Lead  Early Childhood

Linda Austin  Lead Infant Room

Call Us: 662-678-3008   / www.pathwaymontessorischool.com /  608 W. Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38804

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