We are now enrolling for summer and fall 2022. Call at 978-361-0793 or email at [email protected] for more info.

Welcome to Marigold Montessori!

We are a Wildflower School in Haverhill, MA.

Marigold Montessori seeks to strengthen the community by providing Montessori education for children and families that are reflective of Haverhill’s rich diversity. We are a community of learners that includes students ages 2.9 to 6 years old. We are part of the Wildflower Network of micro schools that promotes exploration, independence and healthy development for children.

We chose Marigold as our flower name because of its important role in “companion planting.” We feel this aligns with our mission because marigolds are planted together with other very different plants (say, tomatoes) as a natural way to make these plants grow more successfully. This parallels our philosophy of bringing together diverse children/families so that everyone benefits and becomes stronger – it’s an organic, real-world approach.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Location & Hours

Location

Marigold Montessori
at Trinity Church (entrance on William Street)
26 White Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Contact Us

Hours

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Before & After Care

Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 9:00am
Monday – Friday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Lunch & Snacks

Marigold Montessori provides two healthy snacks per day.

Parents or caregivers should send in a healthy lunch with their children.

During the summer, we generally offer a free lunch program.

Sample Daily Routine

7:30-9:00 am           Arrival
8:00-11:00 am          Work Cycle (w/ snack)
11:00-11:30 am          Circle/Prep to go out
11:30 am-12:15 pm   Outside time/Lunch prep
12:15-1:00 pm            Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm             Nap time/Afternoon Work
2:30-3:00 pm            Circle/Prep to go out
3:00-4:00 pm           Outside time
3:20-3:30 pm            Pick up for regular day
3:30-5:30 pm           After care (w/ snack option)

Our Calendar

We are a year-round school. We close for one week in December, one week in April, and one week in August.

Marigold Montessori 2021-22 Calendar

Marigold Montessori 2022- 23 Calendar

Our Teacher Leaders

Maria Labanca
Teacher Leader

María Labanca has been in the field of early education for over 10 years. She started working with Marigold volunteering with finances in 2017 and then teaching in 2019 before joining the teacher-leader team in 2020.  She is a co-founder of Fundación Argentina María Montessori which collaborates with Montessori social projects and actively works with education institutions to provide AMI Montessori teacher training. Maria holds AMI primary certification from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She also earned a BS in Economics and an MS in Finance.

Maria is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks French. Maria’s interests include reading, traveling  and outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. She has two daughters in college and a son in high school whose foundation began with Montessori education.

Farzana Palsetia
Teacher Leader

Farzana Palsetia has been teaching in Montessori classrooms for over 18 years including over fifteen years in preschool/kindergarten at Andover School of Montessori and two years teaching kindergarten at Hill View Montessori before joining the teacher-leader at Marigold in 2021. Farzana received her Montessori Early Childhood Certification from NCME-NE. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a postgraduate degree in Travel and Tourism.

Farzana can speak multiple Indian languages like Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi. She also studied French and basic Spanish. Farzana’s interests include music, reading, art, and traveling to historic sites. She has three children in high school, and their foundation began with Montessori education.

Janet Begin
Teacher Leader

Janet Begin has been in the field of education over 20 years starting in 2001 when she began work to found and eventually lead Hill View Montessori Charter Public School before launching Marigold Montessori in 2015. Janet holds an AMS Early Childhood Teaching Credential and is certified in Massachusetts as both a teacher and principal. She also earned a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Computer Engineering, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. 

Janet is a member of Haverhill’s Early Learning Leadership Team working with others in the City to make high quality early education accessible to all children. Janet’s interests include outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking and gardening. She has two adult children whose foundation began with Montessori education.

Enroll Now

Attend an Information Session

The application process usually begins by attending an Information Session  where you will learn more about Marigold Montessori and the Wildflower Network.

Complete an Application

Please complete our online application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

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

Non-discrimination Policy

Marigold 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, Marigold 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.

News & Events

Upcoming Info Sessions:

Here’s information about our upcoming Information Sessions on February 15, 2022 at 5 pm and March 8, 2022 at 6 pm.  Click here  to register by email for one of these sessions. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about our school or to schedule an individual zoom call or in-person meeting with our teacher-leaders.

Leading the Way: Janet Begin promotes access and quality in Haverhill

The “Strategies for Children” blog featured Janet Begin and Marigold Montessori in a series about the next generation of leaders in early childhood education. Read the post here.

Marigold Montessori is a proud recipient of a grant from the Department of Early Education and Care that supports Brain Building in Progress. Learn more about this initiative here.

Marigold is honored to have the support of the Essex County Community Foundation!

Support Us

Donations

Now is the time to support public-sector Montessori early childhood education in Haverhill so children in all neighborhoods can be part of our community revitalization. We accept donations via mail or in person at 26 White Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. Please make checks out to Marigold Montessori School.

Thank you for your support! It takes a village!

Wish Lists

We are often asked by friends, family, supporters and community members what they can do to help our school thrive. We put together these wish lists of items that will enhance our students’ learning experiences. Please take a look at the lists below and help out in any way you can.

Wildflower Schools

Marigold 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.