About Us

picnic tableOur mission is to inspire children to appreciate and practice the art of learning as a positive and ongoing experience that will impact their intellectual as well as their social and emotional development for a lifetime. Your duty is to always protect the child’s inner spirit and offer positive learning experiences. We refrain from utilizing our adult will to motivate and instead find ways to impact from within the child.

For over two decades our family has shared in the joy and experience of operating and teaching in Montessori schools. In 1993 Roy and Kathy founded Paradise Valley Montessori school, offering educational services for toddlers through 3rd grade. They founded Cave Creek Montessori in August 1998 and our family lived in this house. We started the school with one classroom and 9 students and in the years following have expanded our campus to 5 classrooms serving students from toddler through kindergarten. Our summer program also includes 1st – 3rd grades.

We are the proud daughters of Roy and Kathy and now serve as the directors of the school. We were also children whose first educational experience began in Montessori. Our experience of growing up and working in Montessori led us both to earn degrees in education. Ana is married and a loving mother to her daughter, Sophie, who attends CCM. Ana earned her degree, a BA in Elementary Education, from NAU. Kelsey is an AMI-certified teacher for children ages 3-6 years. She earned a BA in communications from ASU and a Masters in Education from Loyola University. Needless to say, we both have a genuine love for children and have dedicated our lives to continuing in the tradition of our family in serving for the education and overall good of children.

Our family has always operated our schools with a dedication to providing a warm and supportive campus where staff and families feel comfortable joining together in mutual respect for the overall good of the child. Our goal is staffing the school with professional individuals who appreciate the privilege of working with children and serving an active role in revealing to them the wonderful world of discovery and the marvelous phenomenon we call “learning.”

What makes Cave Creek Montessori unique?

  • Authentic Montessori program
  • The most experienced owner/directors in the Northwest Valley
  • Loving Montessori-certified teachers, who stay with the school an average of six years
  • Utmost respect for each family’s culture, values, and beliefs
  • Support for children’s natural desire to learn, establishing a lifelong love of learning
  • Rich academic curriculum, supplemented by music, yoga, Spanish, Taekwondo and chess
  • Horses and goats in the barn and live animals in every classroom

If you think our school might be right for your family, come take a tour!

Email Ana Allen  Email Kelsey Catalo
(602) 418-4255 (480) 678-3289