Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Call for a tour!

About Us

 My Own Montessori is a private preschool and kindergarten that has served the Elk River, Big Lake, Otsego, and Zimmerman area since 2002. We offer a 5- day program, as well as a flexible 3-day option. Class time is 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. We also have after-school care available in our Fun Club until 2:00 p.m.

First-Rate Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the belief and method of Dr. Maria Montessori. Please contact us for more information and to schedule a tour.

What Our Families Say

Over the years, we've received many compliments and notes of thanks from our families. Visit our Parent Comments section to read one.

Meet Michele

 My name is Michele Uecker, and I am the owner and teacher of My Own Montessori. To say that I feel blessed to have this opportunity is an understatement. Seventeen years ago, I began my career in Montessori education after completing formal Montessori training at the College of St. Catherine in 2000. Today, my passion continues to grow as I continue this journey with you.

I live in Big Lake with my three children, Brock, Quaid and Stella, along with our dog, Cooper and our cat, Libby. My children attended Montessori preschool and elementary school, and each have found their own love for Montessori. This Mama couldn't be more proud! I will be forever grateful for the way Montessori continues to impact their lives - mind, body, and spirit. I look forward to continuing the high level of teaching and nurturing here at My Own Montessori. 

Parent Comments

My son had the wonderful joy of having Ms. Michele as his preschool teacher from the age of almost three through kindergarten. She is kind, patient, caring and truly loves the children she works with. My son thrived in some areas (language) and struggled in others (behavior). Ms. Michele was committed to his success through all of this - pushing him in his areas of strength and encouraging him with grace and kindness in his challenges.  

The classroom atmosphere was a fantastic mix of academics and wonder with learning happening often without the children realizing it. My son would come home most days excited to tell me some tale of what he encountered that day, from the atmospheres of planets to the phalanges of his hand. Ms. Michele's years of experience in the Montessori world really shine in all she does. Her understanding of children and their needs is evident as she interacts with her students and helps them to express their strengths and weaknesses, joys and concerns. 

I would absolutely recommend Ms. Michele to anyone searching for a preschool class.  

Sincerely, Allie Brandon (and Elias)


Contact Us

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 We are located in Union Congregational Church (we are a secular school and not associated with Union Church). We are one block off of Highway 10, and the cross street is Norfolk. This is one block west of the Dairy Queen on Hwy 10.  

We welcome all races, all religions, all beliefs, all faiths! 

My Own Montessori

1118 4th St NW, Elk River, Minnesota 55330

(612) 599-2464