Welcome to Flame Lily Montessori, a Wildflower School in Aurora, Denver.

Flame Lily Montessori provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.5 – 6.

We are a member of the Wildflower Network of schools. Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Wildflower aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

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Our Teacher Leaders

Tatenda Blessing Muchiriri

Founding Flame Lily Teacher Leader

Tatenda Muchiriri was born in Zimbabwe and discovered his love of Montessori when he moved to China where he had the opportunity to work with children for seven years before moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2015.

Tatenda is passionate about Montessori philosophy and received his American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood credential through the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. He was privileged to be part of the AMS Emerging Leaders Fellowship 2nd cohort 2018. He is also a Moonshot EdVenture 2020 fellow and currently a full-time board member of Colorado Montessori Association.

Tatenda is a co-founder of Flame Lily Wildflower School, an Early Childhood School serving 3–6-year-old in Aurora and Denver. Flame Lily Wildflower Schools is a Montessori school that uses culturally relevant pedagogy and an anti-bias, anti-racist curriculum.

When he is not working with young children, he is usually reading a good book or trying a new recipe. He loves traveling to different places and learning about people’s cultures and food.

Ana Celedon

Founding Flame Lily Teacher Leader

Ana Celedon was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a Montessori educator certified birth through 6 years. As a Lead Guide she strives to instill an early love of learning by honoring, following, and expanding on each child’s personal interests and helping to guide them on their individual paths of development. She has over 8 years experience working with children and learning about child development. Ana spontaneously moved to Colorado in 2015 and it was the best decision she ever made!

If she is not teaching, you will find her exploring the Colorado best outdoor offerings and camping

School Details

Full Day

Monday – Friday, 8.00am-3:30pm

Extended Day Program

Monday – Friday, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Primary (2.5-6 year old children) 

8:00-8:30 Arrival
8:30-10:30 Work Period/Morning Snack
11:00-11:45 Outdoor Time
12:00-12:45 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Nap
3:00 Dismissal

Flame Lily Montessori follows the Aurora Public Schools calendar.

For a link to our calendar click here.

For information about transportation and pick-up/drop-off policies please contact out Teacher-Leader team

We provide a healthy morning and afternoon snack, as well as a nutritious lunch.

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Attend an Information Session

The application process begins with attending an Information Session where you will learn about Flame Lily Montessori and the Wildflower Network.

Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

After filling out an application, you will have an opportunity to sit down one-one-one with our Teacher-Leaders to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know you!

Non-discrimination Policy

Flame Lily Montessori School is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate by race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, Flame Lily Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Aurora, Denver, CO

News & Events

Information Sessions

More information coming soon.

Open Houses

More information coming soon.

Parent/Family Nights

More information coming soon.

Resources

Videos

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding

How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children, starting before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility.

Books

Ask us about our favourite books.

Consider a charitable gift to Flame Lily Montessori. We believe educational opportunities should be available to families in our community regardless of financial means. We appreciate any support you might offer our community as we strive for social justice through quality, authentic Montessori education.

Donate

Flame Lily Montessori is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

Our Board

Sonya Bassaly

Board Member

Sonya Bassaly is honored to be a part of the Flame Lily board and to help support such an amazing team and initiative that will help provide Montessori teaching to the Aurora and Denver communities. Sonya moved to Denver in 2017 and was first introduced to the Montessori method of education when her son started a Montessori toddler program in Denver that year. She quickly grew to love and appreciate the beauty of this education. Her daughter is now in her first year at a Montessori toddler program as well. The independence and sense of community that the Montessori method of education offers is invaluable, and watching her children gain these experiences has been so special. She first met Tatenda in 2019 when he was a teacher in her son’s primary classroom and was able to see firsthand the magic that Tatenda brought to the classroom. Currently, Sonya along with her husband and two children live in the city of Denver where she is an in-house attorney for an insurance company working on a variety of insurance related matters. With two young children ages 6 and 2, Sonya knows the importance of being able to provide an educational environment that puts the students first and is excited to be part of the growth of Flame Lily.

Sarah Johnson

Board Member

Sarah Johnson is excited to join the Flame Lily board and to support the team through the opening of their school. She has her MACTE Montessori credentials for ages 3-6 and her Master's in Education from Northwestern University. In the past year, she co-founded Denver's flagship Wildflower School named Echinacea Montessori. Sarah is married to her best friend Gus and has two boys ages 5 and 8 years old. After meeting Flame Lily co-founder Ana Celedon in her Montessori training, Sarah saw the potential for her deep Montessori understanding and combined leadership skills to open a Wildflower School. In addition, working with Tatenda at Echinacea this year has been a true blessing and Sarah can't wait to see Tatenda & Ana's work come to fruition. She is thrilled to watch Flame Lily grow from an idea to inception!

Dr. Anne Keke

Board Member

Dr. Anne Keke is a Native of Cote d’Ivoire, now a US Citizen living in Aurora, Colorado since 2001 with her family. Her professional training is in all aspects of criminal justice, including the management, administration, continuous review and analysis, planning, development, and general effectiveness of social programs. She holds a PhD in Criminal Justice. Presently, she holds the position of instructor of languages with the Colorado Early Colleges and holds the position of Restorative Justice Coordinator and is also an active member of the African Leadership Group (ALG, USA) where she dedicates her time speaking about the importance of equal education for all in Colorado. She is also the founder of African Youth Center, a nonprofit which aims to elevate first and second-generation of African immigrant students in the Denver metro, by providing them with a safe place and resources to navigate multicultural and multi-generational adolescence.

Dr. Anne chose to serve on the board of directors for Flame Lilly, because she believes in School Choice and sees the alignment with Montessori for BIPOC families. Flame Lilly speaks of the way she sees education for Early Childhood learners. Without any shadow of doubt, she believes that Montessori education is the story of her ancestors when it comes to how learning happens if rooted in community. It only makes sense for her to support FLM in any capacity.

Enrico Gomez

Board Member

Enrico Gomez was born and raised in Denver and is a proud product of DPS as part of
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy's first ever graduating class. Rico earned a degree in Business Administration with specializations in Management and Marketing from Regis University in 2019. His leadership experience is rooted in equity and innovation. In college, off campus, he worked for Denver's communities at Servicios de La Raza, DPS' CareerConnect program, and then DSST Public Schools. On campus, he served as the Regis University Student Government association president. Currently, Rico is designing and teaching a high school Social Justice program at KIPP: Northeast Denver Leadership Academy. He is also gaining his master’s degree in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.
Rico is in the process of founding a school, META Academy, which will be a community,
education, and organizational leadership high school. At META, students will build skills as
organizational leaders, innovators, educators, and agents of change. They will be the
administrators, civic officials, managers, organizers, and teachers of today and tomorrow.
He is excited to serve on Flame Lily's board because he has firsthand experience with the power of a Montessori education, having done grades preschool-6th at Denison Montessori in Denver. This wonderful model of education -- and Flame Lily's approach -- allows young people to practice agency, independence, leadership, and creativity. Too often, it's reserved for those
with privilege. Thus, he's excited to support Flame Lily in its pursuit to facilitate youth tapping
into their heritage, building sociocultural, personal, interpersonal, and academic skills, and
expanding the accessibility of Montessori to communities of color.

Andrea Johnson

Board Member

Andrea Johnson her journey in education inside the classroom and after obtaining her MA in ECE she went into administration. Now she works part time and spend her days with her husband Warner and two children. She met Ana working at a Montessori school and really enjoyed the curriculum and teaching style. When Ana reached out about an opportunity to join the board, she was excited for this new opportunity to give back to the ECE community. She plans to help out in any way she can.

Wildflower Schools

Flame Lily Montessori is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

About Wildflower Schools

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Our aim is to be an experiment in a new learning environment, blurring the boundaries between home and school, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them.Our schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Our network is supported by a foundation that works to build capacity, systems, tools and research to grow and strengthen the network.

Learn more about our story.

Our Principles

Blurring the boundaries between home-schooling and institutional schooling, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Read about them here.

Our Network

After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.

View our network.