Green Valley School first opened in the winter of 1976 as a single preschool
classroom called The Montessori Leaning Center. This classroom came about
as the result of more than a year of organizational effort by interested
In 1977, Bruce Dow reorganized the school as a not-for-profit corporation and
it took up residence in the Concordia Lutheran Church.
Enrollment grew and by 1979 a second classroom was added in space created
through remodeling an historic barn adjacent to the church.
In the fall of 1982 we started our first elementary class with a group
of fifteen 6 to 9 year old children. Demand for the elementary class forced
the move in the fall of 1983 to the present location, a three acre farm
In 1985, a new addition provided two more classrooms. We moved out of the facilities
at the Lutheran Church and housed a preschool, a lower elementary and the newly
started upper elementary all on the same Pembroke site.
From 1986 to 1992 enrollment grew in the three classrooms, we added an elaborate
play structure, and we constantly grew and expanded the library. At the end
of 1994, Bruce Dow left the school as its director and Myrta Gage took on the
From 1994 until 1998, under the direction of Myrta Gage, the school
gradually grew to include two preschool classes, a toddler program, a
class and an upper elementary class. There were also a number of changes to
the facility including expanded library space, larger coatrooms and expanded
1998 was a transition year for Green Valley School. With a large projected
shortfall, parents and the Board of Directors came together in a massive
effort to rescue the school from its financial troubles. A new administration
with Wanda Nichols as the administrator came on board in February. That
fall we reopened the school, refurbished and renewed in spirit.
In 2000 we changed our name to Green Valley School to reflect the addition of
older students with a middle school. We continue to offer the best Montessori
education in the area.
An early lower elementary class at GVS