Creative Montessori Academy School Spotlight

Creative Montessori Academy Snapshot:

Students Served: 800+
Grades Served: Kindergarten – 8th Grade
Year Established:  2001
Headmaster: Nicole Robinson
Assistant Headmaster: Alan Carter

Board Members:
Tammy Duty
Richard Mitchell
Amphy Negrón
Lisa Hutton-Gillon
Donald H. Treadwell, Jr.
DaMita Warren


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Creative Montessori Academy fosters a love of learning and exploration centered in peace.

Creative Montessori Academy is the largest tuition-free Montessori school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade in the Downriver area. Each student has an individualized work plan that fosters independent learning. Their peace education, which nurtures conflict resolution and a peaceful environment, is embedded into the curriculum.

At CMA, a child can explore the world around them and build problem-solving skills. The Montessori curriculum encourages students to be independent thinkers and problems solvers while understanding that they are an important part of the whole community.

Building Community
CMA fosters a sense of community through service learning. Students help conduct fundraisers for charities, including The Linus Project, Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Salvation Army. As students mature and rise in grade level, they have the opportunity to mentor and tutor younger students. Students in grades four through eight are also members of our Green Team and Rotary Interact Club.

CMA also hosts quarterly Family Fun Nights such as Health & Wellness Night, Pizza Bingo, and science and art fairs for students and their families.

College Preparation
CMA prepares students for high school and college by teaching them to be independent learners, responsible for their own schedules and assignments. Students are taught as early as first grade to manage time using planners and personal time management skills.

Uniquely Qualified to Serve
CMA is among the few schools authorized by Wayne RESA and is the only free Montessori school in the area.  They offer a unique grade-level continuum so that students can attend the same school from pre-K through eighth grade while receiving a top-notch education preparing them for high school and beyond.

Assistant Headmaster Alan Carter is proud to serve the CMA community.
“My own children attend CMA. I know the preparation in academics, character and peace education that they receive from this school. I get to be a part their education and the education of 800+ other children. CMA offers an environment where students are challenged to grow and develop into responsible citizens, capable of working to achieve their dreams. I am one small component of their life journey. CMA allows me to be a positive component and I am grateful to serve this school community.”




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How CMA educators motivate their students to learn…


Kelly Kieselbach is a kindergarten teacher at Creative Montessori Academy.

What keeps your students aiming for success in the classroom?

“My students keep aiming for success through the genius of the Montessori materials. They are naturally appealing to the children, self-correcting and multi-sensory.”


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Sheila White – 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

“I think the best way to motivate students to learn starts with getting to know them and building positive relationships with them. Next, I guide my students to set their own realistic and achievable goals. I want them to feel in charge of their learning. Lastly, I consistently acknowledge their efforts in meaningful and specific ways.”

Michael Ryan – Physical Education Teacher

“I motivate students by giving them choices and taking an interest in who they are.  I do little things like greet them by name and talk on their level. I try to instill a sense of comfortability in the class so they know it is ok to make a mistake and not be judged. Finally,  I make sure to let them know that perfection is not the goal, striving to be the best you can is.”