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1110 College NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Stepping Stones Montessori School

Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation in Your Child

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:30 to 8:30 PM


Stepping Stones Montessori School is proud to present its second speaker of the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. William Stixrud. Dr. Stixrud is the co-author, with Ned Johnson, of the book The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. He is also a frequent lecturer and presenter on topics such as adolescent brain development, stress and sleep deprivation, the integration of arts in education, and meditation.

Dr. Stixrud's parent presentation will focus on how parents can help their children and adolescents develop an inner drive. Inner motivation is critical to success in any endeavor, and this free, public talk will offer brain science as well as practical things that parents can immediately put into effect .

Please join us February 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 at the Loosemore Auditorium at Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Free parking is available across the street.

Tickets can be found at the Stepping Stones Eventbrite Page.

Dr. Stixrud’s talk is aimed toward parents. You’ll enjoy it more without your kids, and that way, you can even go out for coffee or a drink after the lecture to engage in some inspired conversation

Welcome to Stepping Stones Montessori School


A place for joyful learning!

Are you looking for something different for your child? If you're interested in an education that focuses on your child's innate joy for discovery and that emphasizes critical thinking, we would love to talk with you.


We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 Academic Year.  Our open enrollment period will continue through the end of February 2019 and applications will be considered subject to availability and the following criteria:

  1. Current Students

  2. Siblings of Current Students

  3. Students with Montessori Experience

  4. Other students with a priority on establishing an optimal mix of ages


Admissions Policy

Stepping Stones Montessori School does not discriminate in admissions, placement, or its educational programs or activities, based on gender, gender identity, sexual preference, race, religion, national origin, height, weight, color, creed,  or disability unrelated to the child's ability to participate, with or without accommodation, in the essential activities of the School.

Montessori Notes


Stepping Stones Montessori School was founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of parents and Montessori educators who recognized the benefits that a sound, individualized, and continuous Montessori program can offer a child. Today, as the oldest private Montessori school in Grand Rapids, Stepping Stones Montessori continues to provide an outstanding educational environment.