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Montessori of O‘ahu (Mo‘O) Foundation was formed in 2013 by a group of parents and educators who observed children thriving in Montessori schools. Mo‘O Foundation opened Mo‘O School, an āina-based Montessori community serving children 2.5-12, in 2015. Mo‘O Foundation is dedicated to supporting the growth of Montessori in the Pacific.
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Mo‘O School Guides:

Mamie Lawrence Gallagher - Elementary Guide & School Director

Mamie grew up as a Montessori child in upcountry Maui. After studying Ethnomusicology and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, she and her husband came home to Oʻahu in 2002. Before returning to Montessori in 2012, Mamie worked in Hawaiʻi’s non-profit community as an education consultant, fundraiser, and policy advocate for Native Hawaiian serving organizations. She has served as the President of Hula Preservation Society and as a director to the Alliance Board of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii and Mālama Mānoa. Mamie holds an AMI diploma at the Elementary level.

Molly Jenkins - Primary Guide

Molly began her work in early education in 2011 when she moved to Oʻahu from Portland, Oregon. While working towards a PhD focusing on societal inequalities and health outcomes, she began to understand the lasting impacts and significance of early life experiences. This, combined with a passion for education guided by the student, led her back to the Montessori method. Growing up, Molly attended Montessori schools through age 12. Molly holds an AMI Primary diploma, a graduate certificate in Global Health, and an MA and BA in Sociology.


Grant Castillo - School Aide


Mo‘O Board of Directors:
  • Rebecca Pike, Chair
  • Roderick Rivo, Vice-Chair
  • Michael Lawrence Gallagher, Secretary
  • Ludvig Simonsen, Director