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
& Extended Care

School Hours: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Early morning and after-school care programs are optional services offered by the Montessori School of Pawleys Island during the school year.

Morning Care: 7:45 am – 8:10 am

After Care: 2:30 – 5:30 pm

Extended Care Registration

Summer Camps

Make Magic this Summer at Montessori! Some of you have already started planning for Summer and so have we! Montessori School of Pawleys Island is offering eight exciting weeks of FUN! Camp is a wonderful opportunity to hang with old friends and make some new ones. Sometimes working individually, sometimes working as a team, we will have 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 and concentration, as we all share in our wonderful world of discovery.

There are special programs for each age group.

Click below for a look at this year’s Summer 2012 program.

Infant (6 weeks to 12 months)

Toddler (12 months to 3 years)

Primary (3 years to 6 years)

Montessori School
of Pawleys Island

Rachel Tomovski

Rachel Tomovski

Rachel Tomovski has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. With a background in both Human Resources and Education, Rachel moved to the South Strand in 2007 from Dallas. Her resume includes recruiter, talent agent, teacher, coach, theatre director, nutrition consultant, and writer. Rachel had a meaningful encounter with Montessori education when touring preschools in 2005, and she has never looked back. She has worked at MSPI since 2009, becoming Director in June 2012. Rachel resides in Murrells Inlet with her husband, Alex Tomovski, D.C., and their two boys, Braedon and Logan, who attend Coastal Montessori Charter School.

Board of

Shawn Roper, Chair (Executive Committee)

Emily Evans, Vice Chair and Social Committee Co-Chair (Executive Committee)

Jason Hendrix, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair (Executive Committee)

Luiz Yamashita, Secretary and Long-range Planning Committee Chair (Executive Committee)

Mark Griggs, Building and Grounds Committee Chair

Keri Heck-Winters, Fundraising Committee Chair

Kelly Metz, Social Committee Co-Chair

Kathy Redwine, Education Committee Chair

Rachel Tipton,  Marketing Committee Chair


The MPSI Volunteer Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, at the school and occasionally at off-site locations. Contact MSPI to check individual meeting locations. Meetings are open to member families.


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

Montessori Supporters

  • Beach Realty
  • Juice Plus
  • Accord Resolution Services Inc.
  • Conway Health Care
  • Sponsor spot
  • Stox and Company
  • Seaside Trucking