May River Montessori
PO BOX 2557
BLUFFTON SC 29910-2557
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO BOX 2557
BLUFFTON , SC 299102557
Telephone (843) 7572312
Fax (843) 7574374
Projected Annual Revenue $1,120,044.00 (2017)
Mission Statement Our mission is for the parent(s), child and teachers to come together to educate the whole child to their fullest potential through the implementation of the Montessori Method and Philosophy. Thus, the young child experiences the joy of learning in an environment in which, intellectual, moral, spiritual, physical and social growth flourish.
CEO/Executive Director Sharon Haag
Board Chair Walter J Nester III
Board Chair Company Affiliation McNair Attorneys
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
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Mission Our mission is for the parent(s), child and teachers to come together to educate the whole child to their fullest potential through the implementation of the Montessori Method and Philosophy. Thus, the young child experiences the joy of learning in an environment in which, intellectual, moral, spiritual, physical and social growth flourish.
Background Established in 1987, with 17 students and a mission to educate "the whole child" May River Montessori educates 192 full-time students from 2 years to 6th grade. Our school has undergone five expansions and a move to its permanent location on Calhoun Street in order to accommodate the growing desire for education that focuses on children. Much of our success can be attributed to our caring teachers and staff exemplify the tradition of involvement and support of the parents and guardians who share in our commitment to the future of their children. The skills and habits that a child develops in a Montessori classroom will last a lifetime.
1. Meeting the highest standards of an authentic Montessori School for 29 years.
2.  Retaining an extremely experienced and cohesive staff where most have been employed here for over 15 years.
3.  Renovated the Lower Elementary Classrooms and built a new 4-6th grade Elementary Classroom. As well as adding additional playground space on our campus.
4. The addition of a Master Gardening Program to educate the students from Pre-K - 6th on a weekly basis.
 5. Expanded the after school program and offer classes such as tennis, dance, drama and yoga. 
1. Classroom Materials for New Upper Elementary Classroom - $15,000
2. Computers and Ipads for Upper Elementary Classroom - $10,000
3. Replacement of 3 air conditioners in original building - $5,000 per unit
4. Additional funding for music, art and gardening programs - $3,000
5. Scholarship Funding - $10,000 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
May River Montessori believes in developing the whole personality of the child, a philosophy derived from Maria Montessori's belief in the spontaneous working of the human intellect. We use the whole child approach, we believe in helping each child reach their full potential in every area of life. We adhere to 3 primary Montessori principles - observation, individual liberty, and preparation of the environment.
A unique feature of a well-run Montessori School is the environment: everything here speaks of beauty, simplicity, order, good taste: and everything is at the child's eye level. Special attention is given to the social, emotional, and spiritual development of each child. Their days include music, art, library, catechesis, and an after-school program from 2:30 - 5:00 PM. Our school features 8 classrooms, 2 libraries, 2 playgrounds, an after school art room. 
Board Chair Statement The board's goals are to deliver on the promise that every child can achieve academic excellence in a nurturing environment.  Our goal is to make sure the resources are at hand that are needed to educate the whole child. Resources may be financial or come in means of parent's volunteering their time and talents to the school.
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Our school's population draws from the towns of Bluffton, Hilton Head, and Beaufort.
Board Chair
Board Chair Walter J Nester III
Company Affiliation McNair Attorneys
Term June 2016 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Chris Burden Member
Nancy Golson Lifetime Member
Matthew Green Member
Sharon Haag Executive Director
Cally Heppner-Troupe Member
Katie Houpt Member
Brandi Lowe Treasurer
Tiffany Mikkelson Member
Stephanie Moore Member
Walter J Nester IIIPresident
Jeff Smith Member
Mary Vaux Lifetime Member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Sharon Haag
BA University of Illinois
Montessori Certification
24 Years Montessori Teaching Experience
16 Years Administrator Experience at May River Montessori 
Full Time Staff 27
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Diversity Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description An annual giving campaign to raise money for technology, arts budget, outdoor classroom, gardening program, capital improvements, and classroom materials
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success Raising 75% of the projected funds will allow new materials to be purchased, keep tuition affordable, and allow a multitude of after school programs to be offered.
Long Term Success Raising these funds will allow the school to increase the childrens' academic, social and physical development. It will also provide funds for scholarships and enhancing our arts programs.
Description Master gardener, Amy Thompson teaches an hour long gardening class on a weekly basis to all classes. The students design, plant and care for their raised bed gardens. All gardens grow edible plants and herbs which the students cultivate to grow snacks. They also plant flowers and herbs to sell at our annual plant sale.
Budget $1,200.00
Short Term Success
Since the creation of the program last year the school has installed 10 raised bed bed gardens allowing one for each class. The children throughly enjoy gardening and are responsible for maintaining their gardens.  Since they are organic they weed, water, and use natural methods to help the flourish.
Long Term Success
85 % of the students will understand how to grow and sustain a garden through teaching younger classmates and/or planting one at their home.
90%  will understand the plant life cycle by drawing and labeling a diagram 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
The students knowledge of the methods of growing, maintaining and harvesting their food is one measure of success.
Another is the students can explain and illustrate the plant life cycle of what they are growing.
Lastly, the students can understand the importance of  eating a well balanced diet and how garden to table allows this to occur
Description Jennifer Green will be doing P.E. with our Primary and Elementary children once a week. There are so many topics to cover that involve learning activity to take of our bodies. We will discuss muscles and do activities that challenge your child’s balance, coordination, agility and flexibility. Inspiring an individual child to learn about their body and how it works will certainly always involve FUN!
Budget $500.00
Short Term Success
90% of children will increase flexibility, strength and endurance throughout the school year through attending weekly classes. 
85% will improve hand eye coordination and improve their kinesthic movements through balance and throwing skills 
Long Term Success
90% of students will increase strength and flexibility through their weekly classes.
100% of students will participate in the Presidental Fitness Awards
Strategy Yes
Description Kali Cooke, is sure that students will have loads of fun singing, dancing moving, and playing a variety of musical instruments. They will be given the opportunity to learn about basic musical components such as rhythm, pitch, music history, composition and genre. The classes are high energy, filled with both live and recorded music.
Budget $1,500.00
Short Term Success
85% of students will remember their musical notes, facts about composers, and learn to keep a beat to music with a hand held percussion instrument.
Long Term Success
80% of children will learn and retain information on composers and music theory through song, books, and movement to music.
95% will participate in musical programs to demonstrate their ability to communicate through song, playing an instrument and reading music. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
Progress is monitored by student participation in class and during musical recitals.
Students will be able to retain knowledge about musical periods studied and the composers musical history. 
Students will create using a variety of medias while learning about color theory, art periods, techniques and art vocabulary. 
Budget $1,800.00
Short Term Success
95% of the students will develop their art vocabulary through creating new compositions in a variety of medias. 
By the end of the year 92% of students will have create artwork that links into their social studies and science curriculum.
90% of students will have written an artist statement to accompany four pieces of their work. 
Long Term Success
90% of students will name all colors in the spectrum and classify them into warm and cool colors.
95% will create new compositions using watercolors, pastels, oil pastel, tempera or drawing pencil. 
88% will retain knowledge on artists studied and create a similar example of their technique. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
Success is monitor by a growth in knowledge of art vocabulary, technique and knowledge of specific artist's life and works. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $1,120,044.00
Projected Expenses $1,002,965.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$701,027$757,181$685,004
Administration Expense$277,242$206,004$199,996
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.061.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%79%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,715,902$1,391,727$1,363,527
Current Assets$145,644$228,076$236,534
Long-Term Liabilities$734,768$429,654$470,784
Current Liabilities$50,127$63,233$52,178
Total Net Assets$931,007$898,840$840,565
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.913.614.53
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets43%31%35%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes July 2017
Nonprofit May River Montessori
Address PO BOX 2557
BLUFFTON , SC 299102557
Primary Phone (843) 7572312
CEO/Executive Director Sharon Haag
Board Chair Walter J Nester III
Board Chair Company Affiliation McNair Attorneys
Year of Incorporation 1987