Our Story

Sugar Mill Montessori School was established in 1994 with the aim of providing a nurturing and academically enriching environment for young children.  Owner, Kay Challa, a Montessori Certified Early Childhood and Elementary teacher, opened SMMS with just one classroom and five students. The school now has eight classrooms and has touched the lives of thousands of students.

25 Years of

Step into our school, and you will find a caring, educational environment with Montessori-credentialed teachers that provide individualized instruction to help each child reach their full potential. 
SMMS is truly a “home away from home”. Daughter Shara, also Montessori certified, joined the family-business after graduating from college. Her two children are now students at the school. Together the mother-daughter team opened Meadow Montessori School in Richmond, TX.

Our Mission


We provide Education for the Next Generation™ through our innovative and academically challenging curriculum. We aim to inspire and empower our students to be independent thinkers and future leaders.

Our Vision


To inspire our future leaders:

Instill a life-long love of learning
Nurture each child
Seek knowledge
Promote innovation and creativity
Involve our community
Respect each other and our environment
Educate future leaders

Teachers & Staff

As you enter the classroom, you will experience the difference.  Our dedicated Staff is committed to upholding the Montessori philosophy, respecting and honoring each child’s individual talent and creativity. Our lead teachers are Montessori trained and certified, with an average tenure of 10 years.
We are committed to providing nurturing and supportive environments that help each individual child learn and reach his or her full potential.

Our families love us.

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