Welcome to Goldenrod Montessori, a Wildflower School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Goldenrod Montessori provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 3-6.   Our vision at Goldenrod Montessori is to provide a rich engaging learning environment full of daily explorations with independent decision making for each child. Children will follow their own developmental path with cognitive freedom that produces a solid academic foundation. Our environment is a healthy, safe, peaceful, and life affirming for all children.

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..

Our Teacher Leaders

Jill Evans

Founding Goldenrod Teacher Leader

I am a teacher that passionately believes that children should be free to learn and reach their highest potential beginning this foundation at a young age. I believe that the Montessori method provides the best pathway to meet children’s needs.


Jill Evans is a native daughter, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Cleveland Public Schools from Kindergarten through the 9th grade. From there she attended Glen Oak School in Gates Mills, Ohio.  She attended  Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio graduating with a degree in Business Administration.

From there, she began her career as an administrator for the City of Cleveland, successfully serving for 12 years. At the same time, the desire to teach young children was with her since childhood, and upon leaving City Hall, she started her teaching career as a long-term substitute teacher. This gave her time to dedicate to raising her family, before pursuing her teaching degree.

In 2011, she enrolled in CSU Master of Education program. Finishing in May of 2015, she received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Specializing in Early Childhood Education. She proudly graduated with a 4.0. In August of the same year, she was hired full-time at Tremont Montessori, teaching there until arriving at Wade Park in 2018.   Now, combining  her business and Montessori teaching skills Jill continues her  nearly 20 year teaching journey by founding Goldenrod Montessori. She is overjoyed to continue working with children and their families.

Kaitlin Tonelli

Founding Goldenrod Teacher Leader

Education is very close to my heart.  Coming from a family of teachers, I myself, was inspired to finish my degree in ECED.  Working full time and finishing my degree (for the last 12 years) has been a huge priority in my life.  Through these experiences I have had a lot of hands on training, curriculum planning and classroom management skills.  

My goal as a teacher is to create a safe learning environment and provide authentic learning experiences for the children by incorporating differentiation and hands on experiences. I believe that fostering a caring community in the classroom and with the guardians/staff ensures a positive and rewarding teaching experience for the students.  

Every child deserves to have an authentic and positive learning experience.  I believe that Montessori can achieve those goals and inspire children to reflect, explore and build confidence through fostering healthy relationships with teacher guides to ensure positive and rewarding learning experiences for the students. I cannot wait to watch the children grow in the exciting world of Montessori!  

I have had the pleasure of working in many different communities on the east-side of Cleveland and studying/living in Mexico City and the UK.  It has given me the opportunity to meet many children, families and tailor learning to the child’s interests, development and learning style.  I believe that it is my responsibility as an instructor to cater to every student’s needs not only academically but socially, emotionally and physically.  Encompassing the whole child will allow them to take risks and make meaningful learning connections.     

School Details

Full Day

Full Day: 8:00am-2:30pm

Extended Day Program

Before Care

Monday – Friday, 7:00-8:00am

After Care

Monday – Friday, 2:30-5:30pm

Goldenrod Montessori


7:00-8:00  am Before Care: Breakfast, Quiet Activities 

7:45-8:00 am


8:00-8:15 am 

Good Morning/Circle Time

8:15-11:15 am

Work Cycle

11:15-11:30 am

Clean Up

11:30-12:00 pm


12:00-12:45 pm

Lunch/ Get Ready for nap

12:45-1:45 pm

Nap/Quiet Time /Kdg Work cycle

1:45-2:00 pm

Wake Up /Clean up 

2:00-2:30 pm

Snack /Dismissal

2:30-5:30 pm

After Care/ Enrichment Programs (includes STEAM themed activities) 




  • curbside drop drop off/pick up 
  • Staff will be provided masks (children may bring their own mask if desired) 
  • Socially distancing as much as practicable in the classroom 
  • Sanitize hourly (Deep Clean at the end of day) 
  • Temperature taking of staff and children upon drop off. If temperature is over 100 degrees, the child will not be able to attend unless fever free for 24 hours 
  • Hand washing upon arrival, throughout the day and before dismissal
  • Hand sanitizer available when needed

Our school year runs from September 8 thru June 11th.

September 8th– First Day Of School

October 23rd– Conferences / No school for children 

December 7th– Professional Development Day ( only staff reports )

November 3rd– Election Day / No School 

November 25th-27th  – Thanksgiving Break

December 21– January 3rd Holiday Break/Winter Break

January 18th– MLK Jr. Day/  No school 

February 12th– Professional Development Day (only staff reports ) 

February 15th– Presidents Day/ No School 

March 26th– Conferences /No school for children 

March 29-April 5th Spring Break

May 31st– Memorial Day / No school 

June 11th– Last Day Of School

For information about pick-up/drop off policies contact our Teacher Leader team.

Parents are required to provide lunch for their child. This meal must consist of nutritional food from the following food groups: (minimum portion sizes for a 3-6 year old) protein (1 12 oz), grain (12 slice bread or 1/4 C pasta, etc), and two foods from the fruit/vegetable group (V2.C.). Fluid milk is also required which the center will provide. All food items must be stored in a lunch box/bag clearly marked with your child’s name. The lunches will be stored in the classroom, please be sure to include ice packs in your child’s lunch if foods need to be kept cold. If a lunch does not meet the nutritional requirements then the center is mandated to provide the additional food(s).

Enroll Now

Attend an Information Session

The application process begins with attending an Information Session where you will learn about Goldenrod Montessori and the Wildflower Network.  During the pandemic of Covid 19 this information will done through videos and exchanging emails for  dialogues, questions, and  concerns.

Registration is now OPEN! Complete an Application. We are accepting applications for Summer Camp and the 2021 School year.

Please fill out our online application, which is the first step in the enrollment process.  This will reserve your place for the upcoming session while you complete the enrollment process.

“If you show them they will want to do it themselves” Maria Montessori

Tution and Fees

Our tuition is $7500 for the school year.   There is a $50.00 non refundable enrollment fee, applied towards tuition. This fee holds your child’s place for enrollment for the upcoming year.  We do have payment options for tuition.

1. A lump sum payment due no later than August 12, 2021

2. A 10 month payment plan with the first month due August 12th 2021 and the last payment due May 121th.

3. We accept Cuyahoga County vouchers for tuition and fees for those who qualify.

4. We have flexible tuition that offers reduced tuition. For the 2021-2022 school year, due to limitations on enrollment, we can only offer a limited number of reduced tuition.  It is  based upon  a sliding scale.

Summer Camp

$900.00 for an eight week camp.

Cuyahoga County Vouchers are accepted for Summer sessions.

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

Goldenrod Montessori shall not discriminate, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex or gender, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Goldenrod Montessori shall recruit and admit to the school, 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. Further, Golden rod Montessori, shall not discriminate, on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other programs administered by this corporation.

News & Events

Information Sessions

Getting ready.

Open Houses

Please join us for our OPEN HOUSE  February 26, 2021.  Call for your appointment 216-200-6931

To be announced

Community Days/Parent/Family Nights



Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

Montessori from a father’s point of view





Book suggestions coming soon!

Consider a charitable gift to Goldenrod 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.


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

Wildflower Schools

Goldenrod Montessori School 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.