Montessori School
of Pawleys Island

Our Mission

To provide a safe Montessori environment that empowers and challenges children to achieve, and promotes independence, self-confidence, and the love of learning. Founded in 1984, Montessori School of Pawleys Island is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization owned by parents and governed by an administrator and elected volunteer board of directors.

We are a true
Montessori School

Montessori offers a unique approach to education where emphasis is placed on all five senses, not just listening, watching or reading. It is implemented using specially designed and constructed hands-on materials in a carefully prepared environment in which children are guided through a choice of activities from numerous possibilities. Utilizing a child’s natural tendency to learn by active participation, the Montessori method offers multiple levels of progress assuring that each child can learn at their own individual pace. All of our lead teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society. In addition, MSPI has met the requirements as an Internship Site School in Elementary Teaching for ages six through nine. Children are placed in three-year age groups allowing younger students to learn from older students, and older students to serve as mentors and reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. Montessori School of Pawleys Island offers three education programs:

Children can enter our school at any of these program levels.

School Hours

Academic School Hours: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Optional services offered by Montessori School of Pawleys Island:

Early Work: 7:45 am – 8:15 am; no fees

Afternoon Care: 2:30 – 5:30 pm; children can attend regularly from 1 – 5 days per week; drop-ins if space allows;  available for all ages.

For All Families

We are open year round and only close a handful of days, mostly on national holidays, to accommodate working parents. However, every family is unique and requires different levels of care. That’s why we offer two foundational programs with plenty of options for adding extra care when you need it:

  1. Academic Year Program:  August – May; 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, with optional add-ons such as Afternoon Care and Summer Programs
  2. Year Round Program: one fee includes Academic Days, Afternoon Care, Vacation Care days (times during the year that schools are typically closed; i.e. spring break) and Summer Programs

Summer Camps

Montessori School of Pawleys Island offers eight weeks of summer camp, a wonderful opportunity to hang with old friends and make some new ones. Sometimes working individually, sometimes working as a team, we offer a summer of delightful exploration with active, exciting, and educational themes for each week. It is silly, it is serious. There are times of great noise and laughter, hands-on activities, and other times of quiet concentration in this wonderful world of discovery.

Summer Camps are Offered in Age Groups.

Infant (from 8 weeks to 18 months) – this is a year-round program, so no summer camps are offered for this age group

Toddler (18 months to 3 years)

Primary (3 years to 6 years)


Roper picI am the founder, designer, Coordinator and Lead Teacher of our Infant Program. I have an Infant Toddler Montessori Certification from The Center for Montessori Teacher Education, N.C. I also have a degree in Health Science and Dental Hygiene.

I was born in Pennsylvania, and grew up in Annapolis, Maryland.  I moved to the beach in 1994, and this is where my permanent home and heart belongs. I am married and have two children. My son is a MSPI graduate and my daughter is in Miss Kayla’s class this year. In 2010, my daughter, Ragan, was the youngest student to ever have attended MSPI.

When I had my daughter, I became painfully aware there was no high quality infant care available on the Waccamaw Neck. I had originally started my education in Montessori at the age of 2, and knew my children deserved the same quality education. With this in mind, strong will and determination, I resigned from my previous career and enrolled at CMTE, N.C. Shortly after I started my training, I was granted the privilege of starting the Infant Program at MSPI.

It has taken couple years, a lot of love, and a few amazing assistants to build the fantastic program we have today. What was originally two elementary classrooms has been transformed into our Infant Environment. The Environment speaks to all the sensitive periods between 0-18 months as identified by Maria Montessori. The sensitive periods during this time are: order, music, language, movement, gross and fine motor development, sensorial and refinement of the senses, and independence. We incorporate Montessori lessons such as care of environment, care of self, and good manners. Our classroom also incorporates a Resources for Infant Educators, or R.I.E., approach. R.I.E.’s philosophy’s goals are to encourage children to be peaceful, focused, involved, confident, secure, cooperative, and self-directed. By providing respectful, responsive, and reciprocal care, we aid the child to develop self-confidence, trust, and a love of learning.


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I am originally from Georgetown SC but recently moved into my new home in Andrews this summer. I have been working with children in various capacities since I was a teenager, including after school homework assistant, YMCA Site Director, personal nanny, and babysitting. I was welcomed to the Montessori world when I applied to MSPI for extra hours, not knowing I would immediately fall in love with the Montessori Method! Being homeschooled most of my life, I loved the idea of school but just didn’t quite agree with other methods of education. I am also a Girl’s Club Teacher at my church and absolutely love it! I am currently the Assistant Infant Teacher and am very excited to have just finished my Montessori Infant/Toddler Teacher Training for Certification and can’t wait to see what the future holds!



I am a local of Pawleys Island, SC. After graduating from Waccamaw High School, I studied Art at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. I then went on to get my Montessori Infant-Toddler Certification from The North American Montessori Center. I am dedicated to providing my students a nurturing learning environment with a safe and caring atmosphere. I absolutely love teaching and working with my little learners! I believe that kindness is the most important virtue, and do my best to instill this in my classroom. Montessori and art are my two passions in life. I love to travel, cook, garden, and read! Music is very important to me as well. I live with my sister who teaches kindergarten at Waccamaw Elementary School. My mother was also a teacher, so you could say it runs in the family!



I am a South Carolina native, born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I received a BS in Psychology from The College of Charleston and moved to Atlanta to earn a MS degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. I enjoyed a career in Atlanta as a Licensed Professional Counselor working with children, adolescents and families.
I also enjoyed working in the Pharmaceutical research industry in the Atlanta area. After 24 years in Atlanta it was time to move to Pawleys Island, also known as, paradise. I have many hobbies- golf, the beach, reading and spending time with friends and family. My two Bichon Frises, Norman and Lucy, bring extra happiness to my life.





I have been at MSPI for five years as an assistant in both the Primary and Toddler Communities.  I was born and raised in Washington DC but have lived in the Pawleys for 17 years. I have two children ages 17 and 13 and three dogs. I love being part of the MSPI community.




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I’m from Georgetown,SC. I received my Bachelor of General Studies from Francis Marion University. While attending Francis Marion University, I worked at the Montessori School of Florence for three years as an assistant in the toddler and primary rooms. I have completed the 3-6 yr old Montessori teacher training, and will receive my American Montessori Society certification in December. My passion in life has always been about children. Being able to watch little ones grow is such a reward for me. Some hobbies that I enjoy are fishing with my husband, reading, and of course shopping. Last August, I married my high school sweetheart. We are still in that newlywed stage and love to experience life together! I’m very excited about joining the MSPI team this year!


Hi! My name is Brandi Rollins and I am so excited to be the new assistant teacher in Mrs. Kayla’s primary class!! I have worked in childcare going on 10 years now. What started as a part-time job in high school turned into a full time love of caring for children! For the past six years, I have worked with infants, so this age is new to me in a classroom, but very close to home. I have a 3 year old (Max) who is in Mrs. Kaye’s class here at MSPI, and a 5 year old (Melanie) who attends kindergarten at Waccamaw Elementary. My husband’s career in the Coast Guard brought us to Georgetown just four months ago! We love Pawleys and I just feel blessed to be given the opportunity to work alongside Mrs. Kayla in this peaceful Montessori environment! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Your children are a beautiful reflection of you for they are all so well mannered and sweet! Thank you for having me on board during this crucial stage of development in your children’s lives!




I began at MSPI, in 1996, when our school was know as “Pawleys Island Montessori Day School”. It was located in what is now “Landolfi’s”. I was an Elementary assistant and then became a Primary assistant. In 2001, I completed my Montessori Certification at the North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education. I have been a Lead teacher in Primary for the past 14 years. I have lived in Pawleys Island with my family for the past 23 years. I was raised in a military family. Wherever we happened to be, was my home! I was thrilled when my Dad got stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and decided to retire in this area. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, gardening, walking, biking, reading, DIY projects, and spending time with my family.



I was born in Bennettsville, SC but moved to the beach when I was 5 years old. I have grown up in the Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island area for most of my life. I attended Pawleys Island Montessori School for lower and upper elementary, Waccamaw High School for my undergraduate and Coastal Carolina University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish. I have worked at MSPI for almost 5 years now. I worked in the summer camps as a toddler assistant under my mom, Ms. Kaye, while I was in college. I received a job with Blue Cross Blue Shield out of college and realized after about a year, that wasn’t the job for me. I was meant to be in a Montessori environment – it just runs in my blood. I came to MSPI to work as a full time toddler assistant. This year, I am excited to be working with Ms. Rhodes, while undergoing my Montessori certification at the primary level.





MSPI keeps tuition affordable through parent participation in the following volunteer committees. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.

  • Building & Grounds
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Long Range Planning
  • Marketing
  • Social

Employment Opportunities

The staff at the Montessori School of Pawleys Island are dedicated to providing a safe Montessori environment that empowers and challenges children to achieve. If you’re ready to make a difference, browse our current openings. Please send us your résumé and a cover letter and we will get back to you in a timely fashion. Thank you for you interest in our school.

Available Positions


Our school is growing and we need quality substitutes to help provide our children with the care and knowledge that they need.

Please send cover letter and résumé here: pawleysdirector@pawleysislandmontessori.org

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