Sikora Montessori School is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and the Montessori method of education. This method facilitates the growth of inner discipline and eventually complex reasoning by allowing the free choices and organized use of didactic materials. Sikora is a preschool offering a variety of scheduling, depending on the age and needs of children.
The Montessori system of education is based on the premise that in order to develop fully (physically, socially, intellectually and psychologically), the child must have freedom within a carefully structured environment.
This structuring and control of the learning materials and environment is very important in a Montessori classroom and is under the control of a trained Montessori teacher. The teacher encourages the child to explore and discover, developing his/her creativity and enthusiasm for learning.
Objectives / Goals of Montessori Education
To respect children as individuals who are different from each other and from adults.
To establish an environment that will provide maximum age appropriate learning experiences.
To observe the child so as to better satisfy his/her needs and interest.
To foster the child's innate love for purposeful work.
Location and Directions
We are located in heart of a small family friendly community in Wheeling called Elm Grove, right off of I-70 and 2 miles from Cabela's. We are the only accredited AMS montessori school in the greater Wheeling area.
Easy on and off access from I-70 both east and west.
2108 Lumber Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Meet Our Staff
Paula Sikora - Director
Paula (Mrs. Sikora) attended Wheeling Jesuit University with an education major, Master Math hours at Xavier University. She received her AMS Certification in 1999 from CMEC in Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Sikora was the director of Mount de Chantal Montessori for 15 years. Once the Mount closed Mrs. Sikora then went out and started Sikora Montessori. Sikora Montessori is the ONLY Montessori currently in the the city of Wheeling. She has two daughters, Kayleigh 26, and Emilee 21.
Mrs. Hartman (Sue)
Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Sikora began working together at Mount de Chantal. Mrs. Hartman is a graduate of John Marshall High School. She is a mother of two, Taylor 13 and Colby 10. Ms. Hartman is a teacher in the 2 and 3 year old room, along with controlling our hot lunch program.
Ms. Aulick (Ginger)
Ms. Ginger who is originally from Kentucky lives in Wheeling with her husband Neil and their two daughters. Ginger has a Biology degree with a minor in chemistry from Northern Kentucky University and a degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Ginger is currently our Kindergarten teacher.
Ms. Warren (Shannon)
Ms. Warren is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bethany College with a degree in Religious Studies. She has 20 years of experience in personal and professional child care. After graduation she was hired by Bethany College to establish and direct the Early Discoveries Childcare Center. In that position, she completed all necessary steps to plan, open and run a childcare center on Bethany's college campus. She then went to work as a lead teacher at Holy Family Childcare and Development Center in Wheeling. In this position she cared for fourteen two year olds daily and helped coordinate activities with her assistant teachers. She has over 140 hours of childcare related trainings and continuing professional education. She is married to Neal Warren and they are the parents of three children: Brennen (20), Shane (16) and Taylor (13).
Ms. Megan Stevens
Ms. Cheryl Pompeo
Ms. Paula Phillips
Ms. Maggie O'Dell
Ms. Leslee Schultz
Ms. Brittany Pearson
Ms. Rebecca Swiger