Sykesville, MD Location
Our Sykesville location features two Montessori preschool classrooms, an engaging educational experience, and ample green space, all in a convenient location close to major commuter routes.
Featuring a Maryland Certified Kindergarten Program!
A Montessori Environment for Your Child
Our school’s philosophy adheres to the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori who believed that children have a great capacity to learn at a very early age and therefore designed an environment that fosters that capacity and helps children develop both emotionally and academically.
The Ava Wanas Team
Miss Marie is the founder and Director of Ava Wanas & Immanuel Montessori Schools. She grew up in Egypt and earned her Master's Degree in Economics at the American University in Cairo. She completed her Montessori training with AMS.
Miss Maria joined Ava Wanas Montessori School in 2014. She grew up in Peru and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education there.
Miss Priyanka completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Economics followed by Montessori primary teacher’s training in Mumbai, India.
Miss Timmesha is a graduate of Frostburg State University. She then completed her Montessori training with the International Montessori Council.
Happy Kids... and Parents Too!
Ava Wanas is a truly special place and has benefitted my son enormously. My son routinely impresses me with his reading and math skills as well as his maturity and kindness. I attribute many of these strengths to the unique environment that exists at Ava Wanas.
We've seen his independence and confidence grow exponentially. He's eager to succeed with everything he tries; more importantly, though, he's eager to discover and learn. We're now seeing him work hard on the early steps toward reading--how exciting!
Every day he gets up and asks "Do I go to school today?" He loves going and has learned so much. He loves the focus on nature, the chickens, the garden, and all of the outdoor time. When I interviewed there, I was so impressed with all the kids that were reading so early!
We moved here from out-of-state and Ava Wanas not only gave our daughter a friendly and safe place to learn and socialize, they gave us all a sense of community. We feel very lucky to be a part of it!
We were so happy to be referred by a friend to Ava Wanas. We have found the nurturing environment we needed and best of all our son loves going!! The Montessori method has our son learning even when he thinks he is playing. He spends lots of time outside exploring the garden, watching the chickens and playing in the dirt too!!
We love sending our daughter to Ava Wanas Montessori School! Lilly has grown so much in the short time she has been there and we look forward to watching her develop over the next few years. She absolutely loves going to school and the entire staff is amazing!
We have noticed significant improvement in both her speech and tactile motor skills since she has been attending Montessori School and we couldn't be happier with the education that she is receiving. All of the staff at Ava Wanas is incredibly caring and compassionate and treats our daughter as if she was one of their own children.
Our family loves Ava Wanas. When I picked them up on their first day, they didn't want to leave and have been having fun ever since. The teachers are very loving and the environment is so warm that it feels like a second family for our children. They've learned so much there in just 6 months--academics, life skills, social skills, and independence.
The minute I walked in the door and met Marie, I knew my boys would thrive there. It was just weeks before I noted a huge improvement in both of my boys. They are genuinely proud of their work. Everyday, they can't wait to get to school. From the field trips, to hands on learning, to the teachers that love the children as their own.