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Welcome to Downtown Montessori Academy


I hope this letter finds you well and filled with excitement for the upcoming school year. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all back to Downtown Montessori for another year of learning, growth, and exploration.

As we prepare to embark on this new academic journey, I want to express my gratitude for your continued trust and partnership. Our dedicated team of educators and staff have been hard at work preparing for your return, ensuring that our school is a safe and nurturing environment where every student can thrive.

This school year promises to be filled with exciting opportunities for growth, creativity, and achievement. Whether you are returning students or new faces eager to join our community, I encourage you to approach this year with an open mind and a willingness to embrace new challenges. Together, we will discover new horizons and reach new heights.

Students, I invite you to take an active role in your education and engage in the various extracurricular activities, clubs, and programs that DMA has to offer. These opportunities will not only enhance your learning experience but also help you build lasting friendships and memories.

As we move forward, communication will be key. I encourage parents and guardians to stay involved in your child's education and reach out to teachers and staff whenever needed. We are here to support your child's academic and personal development, and your input is invaluable.

In closing, I want to express my excitement about the year ahead and the incredible potential that each and every one of you possesses. Together, we will make this school year memorable, rewarding, and successful.

Colleen McQuade

Founded in 1976, the Downtown Montessori Academy currently enrolls more than 300 students age 3 to grade 8. Downtown Montessori Academy is one of Milwaukee’s oldest and most diverse charter schools.

Located in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, the Downtown Montessori Academy resides in the beautiful and historic St. Augustine Church school building built in 1888.

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Meet Our Teachers

Toddlers & K3's

Maribel Sambolin

Children's House

Kim Fowler

Lower Elementary

Hanna Fowler


Justina Lawrence


Will Branch


Meghan Lee

School Social Worker

Kathy Masch

School Psychologist

Chava Metzger



Children's House

Javon Shepard

Lower Elementary

Amy Goodenough

Upper Elementary

Jenny Wilson


Kendall Cook

Phy Ed.

Michelle Tipton

School Counselor

Colleen Marchant Williams

Occupational Therapist

Bridget Quast

Speech & Language

Kelly Britton



Children's House

Sasa Sokolovic

Lower Elementary

Claire Riordan

Upper Elementary

Ashley Petry

Art & Drama

Bryanna VanCaster

Reading & Garden Coordinator

McNeal Stepien

Special Ed. Director

Beverly Luckenbill

Occupational Therapist

Brianna Martin





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