"The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit."


- Dr. Maria Montessori




VCMS is a division of West End Montessori School, a For Profit Corporation.  Founded in 1997, West End Montessori School enrolls students ages 18 months to 12 years.  The School is a full member of the American Montessori Society and a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education.



Janet Gallagher, President/Head of School/Owner – WEMS

Michele Mohar,  Director VCMS & Assistant Head of WEMS

Mary MacIntosh, Director VCMS



Dr. Annie Ready Coffey Child Development
Mary Freed Peace Education, Children's Literature
Janet Gallagher Classroom Leadership
Mary MacIntosh Theory, Language, Observation, Classroom Leadership, Writing
Michele Mohar Math, History and Geography, Classroom Leadership, Practicum Director
Anne Stackhouse Art
Suzanne Trottier Sensorial, Music and Movement
Vickie Turnamian Practical Life, Classroom Leadership



VCMS is housed at West End Montessori School in Richmond, Virginia. WEMS is a Full Member of the American Montessori Society and a member of the Virginia Council of Private Education.  WEMS has three spacious, fully equipped early childhood classrooms and a varied outdoor environment.  It is near major highways, restaurants, hotels and shopping, with easy access to the Richmond Airport.



VCMS is accredited through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), affiliated with the American Montessori Society and certified through the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia.