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Ixora Montessori School in Williamsburg Virginia, provides an authentic Montessori education for preschool children ages 14 months-6 years.

We are an intentionally diverse community of learners, with equity and inclusivity at the core of our guiding principles. We work to especially embrace those communities who have been marginalized or not be well represented in traditional schools.

We work to connect children to the world, themselves, and each other in a nurturing and healthy community with family engagement.

We believe that all families of young children in our community should have access to a high-quality Montessori Education regardless of financial means.

We are a member of the Wildflower Network of schools.

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Wildflower aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high-quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.


Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Our Teacher Leaders

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Corinne Keel

Teacher's Assistant

Hello! My name is Corinne. I have been working with children for 10 years and working in Montessori toddler classrooms for the last 3 years. Working with children and guiding them through their formative years is my passion. On my free time, I love cooking, gardening, and being outdoors. I am so proud to be a part of the Ixora Montessori family!

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Tracy Conway


Ms. Tracy holds a BA from Queens College, City University of New York. Tracy is AMS Montessori certified for ages 3-6 and has over 11 years teaching experience. In her free time, she enjoys painting, communing with nature and spending time with her husband and four children.

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Beverlee Mendoza

Founding Teacher Leader

Beverlee was born in Trinidad and Tobago, she began her Montessori journey over 30 plus years ago when she began looking for a preschool for her daughter. Thus began her journey to become a Montessori teacher.

Beverlee worked as an Infant Directress for 10 years, coordinated toddler programs in 2 Montessori schools for many years and worked as a 3-6 teachers for over 20 years in schools in Trinidad, the US and China.

She teaches prospective Montessori teachers and consults for Virginia Center For Montessori Studies in Richmond Virginia in their Early Childhood and Infant/Toddler programs.

Beverlee loves spending time with her family and is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is honored to be the founding teacher leader of Ixora Montessori School and looks forward to bringing Montessori education for all, especially embracing the rich diversity of families in the Williamsburg VA. area and its surrounds.

Qualifications: - M.Ed., concentration in the Montessori Method, B.A. English, Early Childhood Montessori certification, Infant and Toddler Montessori Certification.

Interest: Gardening, Travel, and the arts.


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Cielomar Rodriguez

Administrative Staff

Cielomar Rodriguez comes from the Island of Puerto Rico where she completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Puerto Rico in Geography and Environmental Sciences. She then moved to Virginia in 2006 to attend The College of William and Mary where she earned a Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Sciences.

Today, she is a wife and a mother of two awesome boys.

She first learned about Montessori's teaching methods while searching for the right preschool for her oldest son.  She was so impressed, she and her husband decided to enroll him.

She experienced its benefits first-hand by seeing her son's growth and strong educational base he developed from the Montessori's methods. 

This led her to believe that every child should have access to a Montessori education.

Because of this, it makes her proud to be part of the Ixora Montessori School and its mission to provide inclusive education of the highest quality.

She is excited to help the Ixora community by facilitating the communication between parents and teachers and by providing guidance to existing and prospective families.


Family, cooking, gardening and the beach

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