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.
Parent and Children's Rights and Nondiscrimination Policy
Not to be discriminated against by denying benefits, giving special advantages, or excluding them from programs or activities on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, language, ability, disability or status marital status, behavior, sexual orientation, cultural heritage or political beliefs.
Paula Sikora attended Wheeling Jesuit University as an education major. She obtained Master Math hours at Xavier University. She received her American Montessori Society Certification in 1999 from Columbus Montessori Education Center 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 is married to Kevin Sikora, and she has two daughters, Kayleigh and Emilee.
Shannon 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. Mrs. Shannon 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 .
Cheryl Pompeo 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 she is a teacher/advisor of the Buckeye Local High School Dance Line. Mrs. Cheryl is a native of Wheeling and currently resides in Warwood with her husband Gary. She has shared her talents with Sikora Montessori for several years now.
Leslee Schultz is responsible for entertaining and keeping your children safe in aftercare. Mrs. Leslee has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Liberty University. She is married to Officer John, and they have two children, Aimee and Danny.
Denise Fish 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, Mrs. Fish taught at Mount de Chantal and Western Pa Montessori School and Windhover Montessori. She also directs chorus at Christ the King Lutheran Church in St Clairsville, Ohio and Stone Presbyterian Church in Elm Grove.
Sierra Spalding graduated from West Liberty University in December 2014. She studied Elementary Education and minored in Early Childhood Education. Sierra works part-time as a waitress at Texas Roadhouse in Washington, PA. In her free time, Miss Sierra enjoys spending time with her family by going to the park, camping, fishing, and hanging out with her animals. She resides in the small town of Claysville, PA.
Aimee Schultz graduated from Wheeling Park High School in May of 2015. She is currently attending West Liberty University to study Speech Pathology. Miss Aimee hopes to focus on the speech therapy of children in her future career.
Allison Hickey has 15+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry in the Ohio Valley. Her experience includes a wide variety of fitness education for all levels from children to the geriatric population. She earned her Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology in 2007 from West Liberty University. She began group fitness classes at the University and was a member & captain of their Volleyball team. Miss Allison pursued further fitness classes and group/personal training at the J.B. Chambers YMCA & the Ryan Ferns Healthplex in Wheeling, WV. Allison continued her education at California University of Pennsylvania and became licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 2009. She has since gained experience in outpatient, pediatric, skilled & long term care rehabilitation in West Virginia & Pennsylvania facilities. In her spare time she loves surrounding herself with her bullmastiff Remi, family & kids!
Jennifer Gilson was born and raised in Wheeling, WV. She studied Elementary Education at West Liberty University. During her young professional career, she shared two great passions. First, she had the experience of teaching at Speiro Academy for two years. Second, Miss Jenn had the opportunity to mentor and lead more than 60 women through her career with Mary Kay. Through both her careers, she has been fortunate to have taught individuals how to think with a growth mindset and to follow their dreams. Excited to now be teaching at Sikora, she looks forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your children.
Olivia Tarr is a graduate of West Liberty University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is also certified in Pre-K Education and Special Education. Before joining Sikora Montessori, Miss Tarr spent two years as a youth sports coach and as a substitute teacher for Ohio County Schools. In her spare time, Miss Tarr likes to go on long runs and she loves to read.
Devyn Kondrad is originally from Wyoming, and she now resides in Wheeling with her husband and daughter. Mrs. Devyn has a degree in photography and is certified in historic photographic restoration. She enjoys the outdoors and anything that involves music or crafts.
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.
Sikora Montessori preschool in Wheeling, WV is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and the Montessori method of education. Sikora Montessori offers a variety of programming and scheduling options, depending on the age and needs of children. The Montessori method at Sikora Montessori facilitates the growth of inner discipline and eventually complex reasoning by allowing the free choices and organized use of didactic materials.