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
2108 Lumber Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
We are located in heart of a small family friendly community in Wheeling called Elm Grove. Easy on and off access from I-70 both east and west and 2 miles from Cabela's, we are the only accredited AMS Montessori school in the greater Wheeling area.
Meet Our Staff
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 , and Emilee .
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, Shane, and Taylor .
Ms. Cheryl Pompeo
Cheryl Pompeo is a 6 year employee of Sikora Montessori. She is the director of Oglebay Institute's School of Dance where she works with over 200 students a week. She is currently an adjunct teacher at Bethany College and is the teacher/adviser of the Buckeye Local High School Dance Line. Cheryl is a native of Wheeling and currently resides in Warwood with her husband Gary.
Ms. Leslee Schultz
Hi! I am Leslee Schultz, or "Miss Leslee." I am responsible for entertaining and keeping your children safe in aftercare. I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Liberty University. I am married to "Officer John" and I have two children, Aimee and Danny.
Megan is the two year old lead teacher. She has not only worked with the two year olds for three years but has expierence working in all of the classrooms at Sikora Montessori. She has studied at West Liberty University in elementary education and special eduction. Megan is our fundraising coordinator. She is also the head cheerleading coach at Linsly and dance instructor at Oglebay Institute.
Mrs. Denise Horn Fish
Denise received her bachelor in Music Education from West Liberty University, her masters from West Virginia University and her Montessori training from Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Center. Before joining Sikora Montessori Denise taught at Mount de Chantal and Western Pa Montessori School and Windhover Montessori. Denise also directs chorus at Christ the King Lutheran Church in St Clairsville, Ohio and Stone Presbyterian Church in Elm Grove.
Miss Morgan has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation she spent several years as a substitute teacher and also worked for three years as a pre-school teacher in Washington, PA. Morgan lives in St. Clairsville, OH with her husband Jim and their four children: James , Oliver, Benjamin, and Hazel. Miss Morgan currently works in our 4 year old classroom.
Leian M. Riggs
My name is Leian M. Riggs. I graduated Martins Ferry High School in 2009 where I was involved in music, theater, and dance. I graduated from West Liberty University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. I have been the dance line instructor for Martins Ferry High School for two years. I am also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for educators across the nation.
I recently graduated from West Liberty University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Education. I am a member of the National Honors Society called Alpha Chi and help out around the community as much as I can through this organization. I have lived in Wheeling all my life and am proud to call it my home. I have been in schools around in Ohio County a good bit over the past 4 years while I was working toward my degree and I am happy to call SIkora my new home.