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​Chelle Downey-Magee

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Chelle was “sent to the office” at Issaquah Montessori seven years ago, after teaching in Montessori early childhood and lower elementary environments for more than twenty years. She loves preparing the environment for the teachers, interacting with children and parents, and only misses the classroom occasionally.

Over the years Chelle has learned to appreciate that in the Montessori environment the peaceful, purposeful child is allowed to be a curious, collaborative member of a classroom community, and then follow that path into the larger world.

​She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Union College and a Master of Education from the University of Washington. Her Montessori credentials include an Early Childhood Certificate (3-6) as well as an Elementary Education Certificate (6-9) from the National Center for Montessori Education, and most recently an Administrator Credential from the American Montessori Society. Chelle enjoys travelling, fiber arts, reading about travelling, family history and walking.

chelled@issaquahmontessori.com

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Kim Droppo

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The friendly face found at the front desk is Ms. Kim. She’s adept at corralling paperwork, organizing schedules, interacting with children and keeping the school generally on track. If she’s not at the desk she might be working with toddlers, on the playground, or attending to minor maintenance issues.

Kim became familiar with Montessori education in the fall of 2000 when her son attended preschool at Evergreen Academy in Woodinville.  Now her youngest child attends Arbor School's junior high program.  "I love the Montessori philosophy for education because it allows the child to explore their natural inquisitive side, it holds them responsible for their own work, and encourages them to reach their fullest potential."

Kim earned her BA, with a degree in Finance, at Gonzaga University. She lives in Carnation with her husband, three very busy teenagers (18, 16, and 13), 2 dogs and a Guinea pig. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, volunteering with Girl Scouts, and spending time with her family.

kimberlyd@issaquahmontessori.com

 

Luz Concha

Spanish Language Teacher

Senora Luz has been the Spanish teacher at IMS for many years. Luz grew up in Colombia. She studied Law and Early Education in  Colombia at Universidad San Buenaventura.

What she likes about the Montessori system is that it provides the children with tools to learn on their own pace without feeling behind or ahead of the rest of his/her peers. 

She lives in Sammamish with her husband, and misses her two sons who are far away in college.​