Mrs. Donna, Assistant, Permanent Substitute
Donna Carey, the quintessential loving mother of seven children and five grandchildren, holds Montessori Assistant Certification for the primary classroom (3-6) through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Her youngest daughter, Sadie, completed a three-year cycle in our Montessori classroom. Sadie, (now 12) graduated to kindergarten at Richlands Primary and thankfully, Ms. Donna stayed on to further nurture and grow with our classroom. Cameron and Hailey, her grandchildren, have come through our program as well. Ms Donna has been with our program since its inception and we are grateful to have her with us!


Ms. Mercedes,
Owner, Montessori & Administrative Director, Lead Teacher 
Mercedes Stewart, an avid gardener, has two Montessori children of her own, Clyde (26) and Eden (22). She holds Montessori Certification for the primary classroom (3-6) through Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), Lead Teacher Certifications through the state of NC and a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has studied Yoga for over 25 years and was certified as teacher by Kaivalyadhama Yoga & Scientific Research Center in Lonavla, India. Once a certified Kindermusik® teacher, Ms Stewart loves to share art, music, dance, and yoga with the children, and together they build the garden. 

Our classroom is a traditional Montessori classroom full of didactic materials for your child to work with hands on. By manipulating, building, sorting, transferring, connecting, constructing, and even deconstructing, children lay the foundations
of math, language, science, geography, history, music, and art.

We help your children learn about the world around them and their place in it. They learn that being a part of a community means being responsible and respectful to themselves, their friends, and their environment. We take the time to allow them to be responsible for dressing themselves, cleaning up after themselves, and keeping their lessons tidy for the whole of our community.


The responsibility of growing a young life is huge. It is the BIGGEST thing we'll do. We realize it can be overwhelming and isolating at times. We will do whatever it takes to provide a nurturing environment and a supportive community for you too!


All children must be treated with respect. All children have a right to a safe, healthful, loving, caring environment. All children have the right to opportunities for developmental activities according to their age, special needs, talents, and interests.

"The duty of the educator, whether he is involved with the new-born infant or the older child, is to recognize the human personality of the young being and respect it."
​—Maria Montessori


  • To offer a Montessori environment specific for the development
    of the whole child.
  • To take special care to provide a physically and emotionally safe space
    where children can share an experience that will fuel their love of learning
    and encourage the growth of their full potential.
  • To offer programs that support families in their decision to parent
    with respect, kindness and patience.


"It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it."
​—Maria Montessori

Mercy's Garden

Richlands Montessori Preschool