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​​​Katelyn Culbert-O'Leary

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Ms. Katelyn joined the IMS community in the fall of 2011 as an assistant teacher in the toddler room. Since then she's completed the Infant & Toddler Credential at the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest in Bothell. She earned an Associate's degree at Bellevue College and is on track to graduate in June with a BS in Information Technology and Cybersecurity from Central Washington University.

Ms. Katelyn lives in Renton with her significant other and their four dogs. When away from school she enjoys hiking, walking and snuggling with the dogs, photography, long strolls on the beach near her family's cabin in Pacific beach and travelling to Ireland to be with extended family. Ms. Katelyn rides her bike with a JDRF team.

Ms. Katelyn was born and raised a Montessori child, attending Pine Ranch Montessori and Arbor Montessori for a combined total of ten years. After leaving Arbor and attending a traditional school she realized her independence was cut off—she was being told what to do rather than figuring things out on her own. Ms. Katelyn most appreciates that each child has their own strengths, needs, likes, and learning style and Montessori guides each child through the learning process using the learning style and materials he may need to be successful. The child is always set up for success! She feels that the Issaquah Montessori community is a lace of love and compassion. Ms. Katelyn appreciates the families, the staff and the children, and the way that together they create a welcoming community that loves to thrive and learn.​



Rachel Pearson

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Ms. Rachel joined the IMS community in the fall of 2014 as an assistant teacher and intern. She attended Central Washington University and completed the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Course in Federal Way at the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley. Ms. Rachel is currently enrolled in the Infant/Toddler Credential course at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest. During the year she will complete the intern portion of the course in the Garden classroom.

She lives in Sammamish with her husband, kitten and puppy. When not at school Ms. Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends and family (parents and an older brother and younger sister), running, hiking and riding bikes.

Ms. Rachel appreciates the Montessori philosophy because it encourages every child to discover their own capabilities; they figure things out, get so excited that they can stop, and then teach their peers. They come in not knowing their capabilities and have so much fun discovering and exploring. Ms. Rachel has found everyone at IMS to be so kind and helpful. ​