Our School

Founded in 2016, Voyager Montessori School is the Estes Valley's first alternative elementary school. Our mission is to provide quality Montessori education in an environment which fosters a child's love of learning and a respect for self, others, the community, and the world. Voyager Montessori School uses scientifically-based philosophies to build an individualized curriculum for each child, based on their developmental needs.

The Team

Lorin Nevius

Lorin Nevius

Co-Founder / Directress

Lorin grew up in the small town of Wofford Heights, CA, in the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education), a B.S. in Child Development, and a minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In addition to her university degrees, Lorin has earned her 3-6 Montessori teaching certification from Montessori World Educational Institute, a 6-12 AMI (Association Montessori International) certification from Fondazione Centre Internazionale di Studi Montessoriani in Italy, and a TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification from Language Corps.

Lorin's love for Montessori began during her final years of college when she walked into a Montessori classroom for the first time. After one week in the classroom, she felt that she had found her true calling and has never looked back. Aside from education, Lorin has a passion for spending time with her family, recreating in the outdoors, and traveling.

Ryan Nevius

Ryan Nevius

Co-Founder / Administrator

As someone who excelled in a public school setting as a child, Ryan admits that he initially met Montessori education with skepticism. However, once he stepped into a Montessori classroom, observed the children, and learned about the Montessori Method, he became fully convinced that Montessori provides a superior platform upon which children can develop academically, socially, and emotionally.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is excited to provide administrative support to Voyager Montessori School, and looks forward to watching your child grow with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

So, your school is a preschool?

Nope! We are an elementary school that will eventually serve children between the ages of 6 and 12. While many Montessori schools in the USA are preschools, curriculum exists to serve children from preschool all the way to high school.

How can children learn, if they're free to do whatever they want?

While children are free to choose what to work on, they are not free to choose to "not work." Students are required to set learning goals and create personal work plans under a teacher's supervision. Each student takes part in weekly check-ins with a teacher to discuss what work has been done, what assistance is needed, and work which is planned for the future.

If children work at their own pace, don't they fall behind?

Although students are free to work at their own pace, they're not unsupervised. The Montessori teacher closely observes each child and provides materials and activities that advance his or her learning by building on skills and knowledge they have already gained. This gentle guidance allows each child to master the challenge at hand and protects them from moving on before they are ready — which is what actually causes children to "fall behind."

Why don't Montessori teachers give grades?

Grades, like other external rewards, have little lasting effect on a child's efforts or achievements. The Montessori approach nurtures the motivation that comes from within, kindling the child's natural desire to learn. A self-motivated learner also learns to be self-sufficient, without needing reinforcement from others. In the classroom, of course, the teacher is always available to provide students with guidance and support.

Although Voyager Montessori School does not assign grades, each teacher closely observes every student's progress and readiness to advance to new lessons. We hold family conferences twice per year, so that each family may see their child's work, look over their child's self-assessment, and hear the teacher's assessment.

Do Montessori students take standardized tests?

While we do not require our students to take standardized tests, we do offer them to upper-elementary students. We acknowledge that the ability to effectively negotiate a standardized test is an important life skill.

Are Montessori children successful later in life?

While many different methods of education have produced successful men and women in our society, Montessori is proud to have a list of alumni which includes notable people such as:

...among others!