was “sent to the office” at Issaquah Montessori nine 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.
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.
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. Within the larger Montessori community Chelle serves on the board and as treasurer of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association, as a state representative to the Montessori Public Policy Initiative and as the private school representative to the Early Learning Advisory Council for the Department of Early Learning. Chelle enjoys travelling, fiber arts, reading about
travelling, family history and walking.
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
Kim earned her BA, with a degree in Finance, at Gonzaga University. Currently she is working toward an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington. She lives in Carnation with her husband, three very busy adolescents(20, 17, and 15), 2 dogs and a Guinea pig. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, volunteering with Girl Scouts, and spending time with her family.
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."
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 living their own adult lives.