‘Learning How to Think – Exploring How to Do’

From our vast curriculum to the classrooms,
to the strength of each teacher, Westmont
encourages children to think for themselves, to discover,
question, build resilience, create, lead and collaborate, Westmont’s
thriving, nurturing environment leads to lifelong success
in academic, emotional, and social skills.

Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to The Westmont Montessori School. For over 55 years we have been serving the greater Mendham Chester area as a premier early childhood educational experience. It is my honor and privilege to lead this wonderful community of learners. We are privileged to provide our students with a true Montessori environment which encourages children to discover, think for themselves, lead, collaborate and grow into capable young people.

Our school boasts dual accreditation granted by The American Montessori Society and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. These accreditations support Westmont’s quest for excellence by ensuring their high educational standards are continuously upheld.

Westmonts classrooms are led by dedicated Montessori certified teachers, who have over 100 years of collective experience. They live out their passion as they focus on cultivating the curiosity of each student within the proven construct of the Montessori method.

We invite you to experience all that Westmont has to offer your family. As you peruse these pages, you are welcome to contact me directly at: mwhitmore@westmontmontessori.org.

Dr. Monica Whitmore

Head of School

What Parents Are Saying


Accreditation is a choice and a commitment. It reflects our school’s mission to continuously achieve educational excellence ensuring that our teachers, curriculum, and facilities uphold the highest standards. Our commitment to education continues to be one reason why our Montessori certified teachers, a team with a combined 100 years of teaching experience, make their home at Westmont. Additional accreditation information may be found here.



Board of Trustees

Westmont is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization with a board of trustees who are responsible for the fiduciary health, policy setting, and strategic planning for the school.

Dan O'Donnell
Board Chair and Treasurer
Meimee Persau
Board Vice-Chair
Stephanie Caravela
Kellie Anderson
Member at Large
Maria Fehling
Member at Large
Jessica Golumbeski
Member at Large
Mark Parkhurst
Member at Large
Dirk Pott
Member at Large
Tara Schellhorn
Member at Large

Meet Our Staff


My child absolutely LOVES school. I love the Montessori philosophy and feel very strongly about the importance especially for young children! ~We love it!

- Merete E.
The joy and smiles of our children strengthen our commitment to a Montessori learning environment. Westmont, founded in 1964, stands as one of the premier Montessori schools in NJ. We welcome you to discover our school.