About Us


Kinderwood/ Imagine Bilingual is a half-day school program serving children ages 4½ to 12 years old. Inspired by the works of Montessori, Reggio, and traditional childhood education, Kinderwood/ Imagine Bilingual is designed to support eager learners, encourage independence, and nurture the whole child. The program values outdoor education, individuality, respect, creativity, and acceptance. Children learn through group lessons, independent work, and imaginative play. The developmentally appropriate curriculum is catered to the needs of a multi-aged classroom.

The indoor and outdoor environments are designed to encourage independence for each child. We strive to provide a unique learning experience in the community and an atmosphere where children can succeed academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and personally.

Kinderwood/ Imagine Bilingual is a 4-day program running Monday through Thursday from 9am to 1pm.



We are excited to announce that we will be adding a bilingual component beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Stephanie Bennett, a fluent Spanish speaker and elementary school teacher, will be joining each classroom. The curriculum will mirror the work we are already doing, but taught in Spanish. We are looking forward to bringing Stephanie on board and offering a unique educational opportunity in the community.


4.5 - 6 Year Old Class

The younger classroom is for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade aged children. The environment is designed to foster sensorial exploration while creating a love of learning. The developmentally appropriate curriculum is designed for a multi-aged classroom and allows students to progress at their own pace.

6 - 9 Year Old Class

The older classroom caters to families who want additional social and learning opportunities for their homeschooled children. (Because this is a half-day program, children 7 and older must be registered as homeschoolers in the state of North Carolina). We continue to provide an environment for independent learning while offering guidance and support to help children succeed.

9 - 12 Year Old Class

We are excited to be adding a 9-12 year old group for the 2019-20 school year. 


Melissa Garner has her BA in Early Childhood Education and has completed her training in Montessori education. She has been teaching 3 - 9 year olds for over 25 years. Melissa is a passionate teacher with a wealth of experience. Her unique teaching style has become well-known and respected among parents and children in the community.

Megan Cornett is the after-care director. She has been a teacher's assistant to 2-5 year old children in a Montessori classroom for 13 years. She is also a new mother to her daughter Genevieve. She is passionate about working with children and is excited to have her own daughter in the bilingual classroom setting as well.

Stephanie Bennett has a BS in Psychology and Spanish and a MA is Elementary Education. She has taught a wide variety of ages and subjects, but most enjoys working in Spanish Immersion programs. Stephanie’s mother is native to Ecuador and she enjoys spending time there with her family. She is also a mother of 4 and has spent a great deal of time in helping her children become bilingual. She is very excited to bring bilingual education to the high country!

Carrie Dillon received her BA in Anthropology, Linguistics and Montessori Studies from Evergreen State College. She is a certified Montessori 6-9 teacher and has also taught 3-6 and 9-12. She moved to Boone from the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and 2 children in 2009. Carrie homeschooled both kids and joined Kinderwood / Imagine after her oldest started college. She enjoys hiking, cooking, being crafty and spending time with her family. She finds creative ways for her students to learn!

Valerie Daratony has a BS in Spanish Education with a minor in TESL and is currently pursuing a MA in Romance Languages at Appalachian State University. She has taught English in Thailand and Ecuador to various age groups. She recently studied abroad in Spain. She is passionate about languages and is thrilled to be teaching Spanish this year with our students!

Our Mission:

Kinderwood/ Imagine Bilingual is a place for children. It is their space to learn, create, process, socialize, grow, laugh, move, succeed, work, and thrive. The environment is designed to nurture the whole child. It allows the children to learn at their own pace, within their interests, with the guidance of the teacher. The teacher’s role is intentional, quiet, meaningful and encouraging. We highly value outdoor learning opportunities in addition to traditional classroom experiences.

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