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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Darla Hassler

Kindergarten art Teacher

Darla Hassler has been a Salina resident for 31 years. She has a B.S. in Elementary and Secondary Education, with certifications in K-12 Art and 7-12 English, and an M.S. in Education. Darla taught in the USD 305 school district before staying home to focus on her family.

In addition to teaching, Darla enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, creating art, and baking.


Mary Thompson


Phyllis Kearns Cramer


Marsha Franklin

Sherry Krehbiel