Coulee Montessori
Adolescent Program
510 9th Street South La Crosse WI 54601 | 608-789-7780 | Fax: 608-789-7181

Welcome to the Coulee Montessori Adolescent Program!


We are a program grounded in hands-on learning experiences. Students create projects, participate in community partnerships, problem solve real-life situations, and work both individually and as a team to learn a place in the world. Curriculum is integrated to fit the learning needs of the “Whole Child.” Students participate in a learning environment full of questioning, experimenting, and creating.

Our classroom is based on the philosophies of Maria Montessori, which makes us a classroom filled with social learning and individual discovery. We learn through integrated subjects such as Occupations, Humanities, Socratic Seminar, Philosophy, Contemporary Global Issues, Math, Spanish, Mississippi River Program and Independent Studies. The students are also learning about their place in society so we concentrate on skills that include cooperation, participation, patience, kindness, and involvement.
We are located at Lincoln Middle School where students will participate in electives and math courses with middle school students within the great community.
Teacher: Nine Dodge

School Hours at Lincoln Middle/Coulee Montessori/SOTA II


The Coulee Montessori Fundraising Committee will hold a meeting Monday, January 11 at 5:30pm at Java Vino on Losey Boulevard. We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers, especially focusing on our CM Soup Supper and Silent Auction which is fast approaching on February 11 (see information below). Hope to see you there!



Coulee Montessori will host a Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Thursday, February 9 from 4:30pm- 8:00pm. Homemade soups of many varieties to choose from along with bread, beverage and dessert. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Our Silent Auction has many great items and services from local businesses to bid on including gift cards, food items, artwork etc. All proceeds are used to support field trips, educational events and materials for our Coulee Montessori.  POSTER


Questions, comments, etc. about CM Fundraising can be directed to Erin Hoy ( or 608-790-8950).


The Coulee Montessori Fundraising Committee will hold a meeting Monday December 21 at 6:30pm at Java Vino on Losey Boulevard. We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers, especially focusing on working on our donor list and items for our Soup Supper and Silent Auction in February. Hope to see you there! Questions, comments, etc about CM Fundraising can be directed to Erin Hoy ( or 608-790-8950).



Why telling children “good job” breeds “bad job”
Thursday, December 10 6:00pm
Northside/Coulee Montessori Elementary
Brought to you by Coulee Montessori SET and Administration
We typically think Montessori happens at school, but you can bring principles and practices into your home. Dr. Paul Epstein will discuss the difference between praise and gratitude when speaking to our children. We hope many of our Montessori families will take advantage of this free opportunity to learn more about Montessori education and how we can support and continue Montessori practices at home. To help with your planning, here are a few details:
– Snacks will be provided by our Outreach Committee.
– Childcare will be provided by Miss Rene and Miss Nikki with a Pajama
Party theme. Children are welcome to come in their PJ’s! A healthy
snack and an educational video will be part of the fun! RSVP below.
– Drawing for scholarships to the Montessori Conference at UW-L will also
be held on December 10. (See flip side of this flyer for more information).
– Questions can be directed to Kim Shively at 780.4028.

Click HERE to RSVP.




Dr. Paul Epstein works in Montessori education as an administrator,
teacher, researcher, consultant, speaker, and author.  Paul’s administrative experiences include working as a head of schools, executive director of a school consulting agency, director of teacher education programs, and coordinator of a public school magnet program. As a teacher educator, Paul has directed Montessori teacher education programs for both early childhood and secondary programs. He has been a Montessori classroom teacher in Montessori early childhood, middle, and high school programs. He holds Montessori teacher certification in early childhood and secondary levels one and two from the American Montessori Society. In addition, Paul was an associate professor at Transylvania University and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. His work as a speaker and educational consultant has taken him to conferences and schools throughout the United States and also to Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Japan, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Nepal, South Africa, and Poland. Paul completed his B.A. at Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. Paul has published numerous articles in Montessori and other journals. His most recent publication is An Observer’s Notebook: Learning from Children with the Observation C.O.R.E. He is also the co-author of The Montessori Way, a definitive work on the Montessori experience. Dr. Epstein is currently the Head of School at the Rochester Montessori School in Rochester, MN.
This day long (8am to 3:15pm) conference will feature Montessori presenters from around the region. The keynote speaker is Michael Dorer, Montessori professor at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, who will speak on the topic Lasting Learning: Setting Our Goals For Excellence. Michael is a former professor to Miss Jenny and Mr. Shively and is an engaging storyteller! Registration is $75 before December 11 and $100  after December 11. Fee includes breakfast and lunch. Drawing will be held at the December 10 presentation for one $75 and two $55 scholarships for 3 Coulee Montessori parents to attend the conference.