By employing the philosophy and methodology of Dr. Maria Montessori, Alpha Montessori School strives to provide
the finest education for the most precious years.
Alpha Montessori School's purpose is dedicated to the individual and unique development of each child.
Every child is born with a vast inherent potential that can only be activated and brought forth through experience.
Through the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, we provide a step towards self-discovery and
total unfoldment as the child moves into a broader scope physically, socially, and intellectually.
Alpha Montessori School's goal is to develop a child with a strong foundation of emotional awareness, independence, self-esteem and the love to learn. We want to do everything within our power to enhance your child's journey to success.
Alpha Montessori School was founded by Mrs. Alvina M. Rinalo in August, 1962.
The name "Alpha", meaning "First or Beginning", was chosen because it was not only Kansas City's First Montessori School
but it would be the little child's First experience in school.
The Greek wording of Alpha was used because of its traditional association with wisdom and learning.
Alpha Montessori School's first location was at The Loretto Academy for Girls at 12411 Wornall Road.
Alpha moved from The Loretto in 1974 to 109th & Wornall.
Alpha Montessori School has resided in John Knox Presbyterian Kirk since 1978.
Mrs. Jo Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Nancy Koenig-Jones became co-owners upon Mrs. Rinalo's retirement.
In 1985, Mrs. Kirkpatrick retired and Mrs. Linda Dougherty became co-owner with Mrs. Nancy Koenig- Jones.
Today, Alpha Montessori School is owned and operated by Mrs. Linda Dougherty.
Linda is a lifetime Kansas City resident. While attending The Loretto Academy as a child, Linda was first introduced to Alpha Montessori.
Linda graduated from Regis Universtiy with a degree in Elementary Education in 1979.
After working in the public school system, Linda decided to pursue a degree in Montessori Education from Avila Universtiy.
In 1982 Linda joined Alpha Montessori School as a lead teacher.
In 2010 Linda became sole owner of Alpha and
still substitutes in the classrooms as she oversees the school.
All of Alpha Montessori School's directresses are either AMI, NAMC or AMS certified.
All staff members are American Heart Association certified Heartsaver First Aid, CPR & AED.