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Parent Education Program

At The Montessori School of Raleigh, we believe in lifelong learning. That's why we offer a parent education program designed to provide our parents with the information and resources they need to support their child's growth and learning.  

The MSR Parent Education Program - commonly known as PEP, has two components: the Montessori Parent series, offering grade-level content and information; and the Whole Child series offering programming relevant for parents with children of any age. 

2021-2022 PEP Series

PEP Whole Child Series: Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin

Wednesday, March 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. 
Celebrate Calm Kirk Martin

The Montessori School of Raleigh is excited to welcome Celebrate Calm founder Kirk Martin and his son Casey Martin for a “dynamic, laugh-out-loud” parenting event offering strategies to stop the yelling, lecturing, and power struggles with children of all ages! On Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. MSR parents, faculty, and staff, are invited to join Kirk either in person in the Watson Center on MSR’s Lead Mine Campus (limited seating available) or via a live-stream link. The live stream of this event is also free and available to the general public with registration.

For video clips, podcasts, and more about Celebrate Calm, visit



PEP Week: Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2022

MSR’s Parent Education Program kicks off PEP Week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, featuring virtual programming for every grade level. The focus of the week is to provide a sneak peek into what you can expect as your child completes their three-year cycle and moves up to the next division level. While designed to share information about finishing one level and moving onto the next, all families are welcome and encouraged to attend any of these events to learn more about life at MSR.

  • Jan. 31: Lunch and Learn with the Upper Elementary Team | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 1: Lunch and Learn with the Toddler Team | 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 2: Lunch and Learn with the Children’s House Team | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 3: An evening with the Brier Creek Team | 7-8 p.m. 
    Hear how MSR prepares student for life after MSR from a panel of MSR alumni during this BCC event! 
  • Feb. 4: Lunch and Learn with the Lower Elementary Team | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Whole Child Series:  Featuring Simone Davies, November 2021

Simone Davies

The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) is excited to welcome Simone Davies, renowned author of The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding and The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being as the guest speaker for MSR’s Parent Education Program (PEP) Whole Child Series in November. Davies will share her expertise with the MSR community during two free virtual presentations. On Thursday, November 11 at 10 a.m. for MSR parents, faculty, and staff, Davies will present How to Talk So Kids Will Listen; and on Saturday, November 13 at 10 a.m., for both the MSR community and the general public, Davies offers An Introduction to Montessori.

More about Simone Davies:  Trained through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), Davies has been a Montessori educator for more than 15 years, is the founder/owner of the Jacaranda Tree Montessori School in Amsterdam where she has led parent-child classes since 2008. She is “passionate about working with both children and their parents” and shares her Montessori knowledge through her many popular podcasts and blogs. At Jacaranda Tree Montessori, she works one-on-one with families to answer their questions and help them generate ideas for setting up a Montessori home. On her website,, Davies offers a plethora of Montessori resources and insights for parents and educators alike.

A mother of two teenagers, Davies “wanted to find a way to be with my kids that wasn’t me bossing them about, threatening them and bribing them. Or giving them free reign either. And I wanted them to have a positive experience of school, not just to pass tests, but to love learning. Finding Montessori has helped me so much…” For more about Simone Davies, please visit her website at

PEP WEEK: October 2021


Grade-level programming designed to give parents a foundational understanding of the Montessori Method at each developmental stage. 

Montessori Parent Series: Featuring Katherine McLean, Ph.D., September 2021

Katie McLean Navigating COVID Presenter

PEP Whole Child education series kicks off with a virtual presentation by Katherine McLean, Ph.D.  A licensed psychologist/health services provider and an assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine/Endocrine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. McLean will help us put COVID-19 in context as she shares information about cognitive behavior and how children process complex emotions and offers insights and coping strategies for getting through this next phase of the COVID experience. There will be plenty of time for parent questions!