about salina montessori school

Salina Montessori School is an independently operated, non-denominational Christian Montessori school. We are a nine-month program for children three to six years of age that provides opportunities for children to grow and progress in physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development according to each child’s unique pace, using developmentally-appropriate periods of work and play combined with relaxing and calming activities. Our facilitators are trained by accredited Montessori programs.

We also offer after school and summer camp opportunities. Click here for a list of 2018 camps and registration form. Contact Sherry Krehbiel at 785.342.6343 for more information.

"I do not know if we do as we like, but I know we like what we do."

Maria Montessori

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meet our staff

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Sherry Krehbiel

Director & Lead Facilitator

A native Kansan and former Salina elementary school teacher, Sherry has degrees in elementary education from the University of Kansas and from the North American Montessori Center in British Columbia. She completed her Montessori practicum in Lincoln, Nebraska where she was mentored by Betta Kym, who has remained a valuable resource to both Sherry and SMS.

Sherry says, “I discovered that Montessori fosters each child’s learning desire, allowing children to follow their interests wherever that passion leads.”

Sherry's hobbies include gardening, painting, yoga, and spending time with her husband, Mark, and her grandchildren.

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Molly Kierscht


Molly grew up in Wichita but has called Salina home for the last ten years. A graduate of Salina South High School, she completed a degree in child development from Fort Hays State University, and also has a degree in primary Montessori education from NAMC.

Molly knows it's important to offer children choices, and Montessori allows children to make their own decisions in many areas. There are no bad choices in a Montessori classroom!

Outside of the classroom, Molly enjoys time with her family, sharing art, music, and cooking activities.

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Wendy DeArvil


Wendy has worked with young children in many settings for more than 20 years. She received an Associate degree in Elementary Childhood Education from Cloud County Community College and a Bachelor's degree from Western Governors University.

Wendy says, "I believe all children have the ability to grow and learn anything when given the right tools, support, and encouragement."

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Herminia Soberon

Spanish Teacher

Herminia Soberon is originally from Mexico City where she studied educational psychology at the Intercontinental University of Mexico City. She was a middle school and high school counselor, and she worked for the Dept. of Educational Therapy in Mexico City.

Herminia is married and has two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and cooking Mexican food.

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Anne Hoekstra

Kindergarten Art Teacher/
Substitute Facilitator

Anne joined the Salina Montessori School staff as kindergarten art teacher in Fall 2014. She has a B.S. in biology, and has worked as a park naturalist at Salina's Lakewood Discovery Center, but her first love is art. Since 2010, Anne has taught MultiArts at the Salina Art Center, which introduces a range of different media to preschool children. She also teaches Art Center's camps and workshops, as well as AfterSchool Studio and Second Sunday.

“I absolutely love working with young persons, whether it be in the classroom as they make connections or creating art. What a pleasure to watch the mind blossom!”




Mary Thompson


Phyllis Kearns Cramer


Marsha Franklin

Sherry Krehbiel