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METRO EAST Teacher Recognized for Achievements in STEM


A big honor is being bestowed upon a teacher from the Metro East.

Carrie Herndon has been named STEM Educator of the Year by the Illinois Teacher’s Association. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. The new award recognizes Illinois teachers who have made outstanding achievements in K-8 STEM teaching.

Herndon, a former chemist, teaches kindergarten through 8th grade STEM at Metro East Montessori School in Granite City, Ill. Montessori was able to put a STEM Lab together from grant money. Herndon said the new lab makes learning and teaching fun,

“I’m being recognized for letting my students follow their curiosity,” Herndon said. “So many schools are focused on standardized tests. When you put your focus on standardizing testing, sometimes you don’t focus on what students innately want to learn.”

MEMS Adolescent Program Presentation

Metro East Montessori School is excited to announce the opening of the MEMS Adolescent Program starting fall 2016!

The program will prepare students grades 7-9 not only for high school, but for a continued love of learning throughout their lives. We will provide two academically challenging and nurturing environments – one at our Granite City, IL location and the other at Red Fox Paso Fino Farm located in Troy, IL.

This amazing educational opportunity would not be possible without the support of our Montessori partners Dr. Annette Haines, Mr. Lewis Haines, Red Fox Paso Fino Farm, The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis and The Montessori Lab School at Grand Center. We are truly grateful for their support.

For more information please contact Bridget McGuire at, or come to our information session on October 6th, 2015 at 6pm at our Granite City location (4405 State Route 162).

We are so excited to extend this opportunity for students to become confident global citizens and future leaders.

Hope to see you on the 6th!

Metro East Montessori School

Our Vision & Objectives

The basic aim of Metro East Montessori School is, in the words of Maria Montessori, "to help the child to help himself". In preparing an environment that provides for the child's inner needs, it is hoped he will be enabled to fulfill his highest potential as an integrated personality.


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Metro East Montessori Parents' Group

The Montessori Parents' Group sponsors various social and fundraising events throughout the year. These are fun events that allow the parents, staff members, family, and the surrounding community to have a great time while getting to know each other and raising money for the benefit of our children.