History

Trusting children and awakening minds since 1973.

Brush Creek Montessori School has been a leading voice in Montessori education in Sonoma County for more than 40 years.  It is an American Montessori Society member school. 

Wes and Peggy Colgan founded the school in 1973.  In the 1980s, they passed the school on to Jim and Vivian Moore, who owned and operated Brush Creek until they retired in 2000.  At that time, a group of parents and teachers worked to transform BCMS into a non-profit organization.  They hired Susan Cohn as Head of School, a graduate of Ursula Thrush's training program.  Susan initiated many changes, including beginning the Adolescent Community here at BCMS that was active for 15 years.  Susan was also the Co-Director of the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center, and made Brush Creek the center's North Bay site.  Susan trained several of the current teachers of BCMS in the Montessori method. In 2011, the employees of BCMS were able to cooperatively purchase the land on which the school sits, so BCMS could become secure in its location, and so the teachers and staff could enjoy more flexibility in improving the grounds and facilities.  In 2013, under Susan's guidance and support, became Head of School.

BCMS is currently in the planning stages of expanding the Primary program, and providing the entire school with a functional, beautiful, indoor multipurpose room to support its music, computer, and garden-to-table programs.

 

There is a great need for quality, independent education at the preschool and elementary levels in Sonoma County, and we look forward to beautifully serving the community for at least 40 more years!