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Teacher gets her ‘kid fix’

Chris Wellhausen/Tahoe TribuneMountainside Montessori school teachers, From left, Shannon Hutton and Di Bitzer, interact with the children during a singalong at "Circle Time," Friday afternoon.

Shannon Hutton gets her “kid fix” at home and work.

The teacher runs Mountainside Montessori, a private preschool she took over with husband Steve last September.

“I fell in love with the school when my son came here,” she said. Randy is now in the first grade at Sierra House.

The school accommodates children aged 2 1/2 to 5 who are potty-trained.

“This is a time when children start out and get ready to enter into an atmosphere without mom,” she said, calling the school an “enrichment program.”

Currently, nine students are enrolled in the morning session and 15 take classes in the afternoon. The session matches the Lake Tahoe Unified School District schedule.

With varying abilities and levels, the students may enter the session at any time, Hutton said.

The students learn how to deal with a teacher and practical skills like hammering nails. The school has five teachers.

“You wouldn’t believe what they’re capable of doing,” she said of the children.

These duties are called jobs.

“All the jobs have rhyme and reason to them,” she said. “They’re interested in how to tie their shoes.”

The school charges $250 a month for the 9 a.m. to noon schedule and $500 for the all-day session.

In the summer, the school will turn into a child-care facility from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The school also offers a child-care program called Parents Night Out on the second Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10 per child.

Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com

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