Andrea is a co-founder of Puddletown School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from Colorado State University. After graduating she headed a creative writing and arts program at a local Fort Collins, Colorado preschool. Andrea then moved to Portland where she began assisting and teaching at the Northwest Children’s Theater. She returned to school in 2001 to receive her Montessori certification from Montessori Institute Northwest and a Masters of Montessori Education from Loyola College. She has worked with many Portland public schools and local Montessori schools through outreach and other after school programs. Andrea serves on the Oregon Montessori Association Board. In her free time Andrea enjoys baking, walking her dog, reading, and swimming in the ocean.
Sam is a co-founder of Puddletown School. He graduated from a Quaker college with Majors in Art, English and Journalism and a Minor in Education. After working in more traditional educational settings, he volunteered in a Montessori classroom on the Oregon Coast to develop an immersion program for Spanish speaking students. He went on to get his Montessori Primary Certificate from the Montessori Institute Northwest and a Masters of Education from Loyola College in Baltimore and has been invested in Montessori Education since 1996. Sam began teaching in Connecticut at an inner city Montessori school with the Hartford Public School system becoming involved in the planning and development of the Learning Corridor with Trinity College. After returning to the Pacific Northwest he taught at in an Elementary program and worked to establish a Montessori middle school. Eventually the desire to return to the primary classroom and a willing partner led to starting our current program.
Amy is the lead guide in the Sage classroom. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Social Science and received the AMI Primary teacher training in 1998 at the Montessori Education Center of Arizona. Amy began her exploration with children in the Montessori context in 1994 as an assistant and enjoys learning new things from them every day. She enjoys gardening, sewing, baking, backpacking, hiking, camping, reading, knitting, travel and finding humor in every day events.
Brigette is the assistant in the Sage classroom. She graduated from Portland State in University with a BS in Environmental Studies in 2013.After college she spent her time working as a nanny and an environmental educator at the Audubon Society of Portland where she led outdoor adventures with children. She recently received her AMI diploma from Montessori Northwest as a Primary Educator. She is currently finishing up her Master of Education at Loyola University. During her free time, Brigette loves to cross -stitch, hang out with her cat Basil, hike, craft, and bird-watch.
Emmy is the lead guide in the Lavender classroom. She has varied and extensive experience caring for children, including 3 years as the assistant in the Lavender classroom, day care, day camp and nanny work. She received a BA in Psychology from University of Hartford and recently traveled from the east coast to Portland, where she received her AMI diploma from Montessori Institute Northwest in Primary Education. Emmy is committed to the essence of the Montessori method and believes in the marvel of the true nature of the child. She spends her free time cooking, walking, knitting and sewing, and has a newly sparked interest in maintaining an edible garden in her backyard.
Kimberley is the assistant in the Lavender classroom. Kimberley is from Spokane, Washington where she graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with both business and a liberal arts associates degree. She arrived in Portland in 2006 and has been a member of the Puddletown family since 2007, where she began as an assistant in the Lavender classroom, and immediately fell in love with the joy of the Montessori philosophy. She left the Lavender classroom in 2010 to study Early Childhood education and psychology at Portland State University and is thrilled to be returning in the fall of 2014. She is an avid artist and has an extensive history working with children in alternative education since 1999, including infants and at-risk youth.
Patti is the lead guide in the Cedar classroom. She received her Association of Montessori International (AMI) Primary training at the Montessori Education Center (now MNW) in Portland, Oregon. She has been a lead guide in Montessori schools in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. She hails from the Gem State of Idaho where her two children attended Montessori school in their Primary years. She has been in Portland for sixteen years, attracted by the different types of neighborhoods Portland has to offer. Patti received her education inIdaho universities and continued education at Marylhurst University. Her educational experience includes being a parent education facilitator in positive discipline for over fifteen years. Her passion includes Montessori’s peace education and positive conflict resolution skills. Patti loves history, reading, gardening, dancing, yoga and live music among many other things!. She especially values time spent with family, laughing, and reminiscing about loved ones. Her dedication to Montessori philosophy and pedagogy has been ongoing for twenty five years.
Erika is the assistant in the Cedar classroom. She grew up in Missouri and received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University. In 2011 she earned her AMI primary diploma at MNW a later a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education through Loyola University of Maryland. In her down time she loves seeing live music, dancing, art, crafts, roller derby, travel, backpacking, cooking, and spending time with friends. Other than being a part of the wonderful world of Montessori, she has a passion for health and wellness and continues to help people bring joy and movement into their lives as a personal trainer, holistic lifestyle coach, and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
DOUGLAS FIR CLASSROOM
Raven is the lower elementary guide in the Douglas Fir classroom. A Portland native, she has worked with children in many capacities over the past 22 years, including assisting in several Montessori programs from Chicago to Portland to London and back to Portland. She has worked for PPS as an occupational therapist with children with autism and taught preschool at Irvington School in NE Portland. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) in painting, drawing and printmaking from PSU. Raven holds AMI primary and elementary diplomas as well as a Master of Education degree from Loyola College. In her free time Raven enjoys traveling in pursuit of artistic inspiration. She loves natural history museums, baking, sewing, creating art, and most of all spending time with her husband and daughter. She feels extremely fortunate to call Montessori her profession and feels passionate about sowing the seeds of wonder, compassion, and joy, and helping to inspire life-long learners!
Matt is the assistant in the Doug Fir classroom. He grew up in Southern Florida, where he first got involved in environmental education while attending and teaching in the Everglades. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, he began working at Trackers Earth in 2012, teaching wilderness survival and primitive skills to children as well as adults. His areas of expertise include medicinal and edible plant identification, animal tracking, wild craft, blacksmithing, archery, and fire-starting.
Zil is the upper elementary guide in the Douglas Fir classroom. She was a Montessori child, attending an AMI school in the suburbs of Chicago from ages 3 to 12. Upon graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Anthropology, she began working as an upper elementary Montessori teacher in Phoenix, Arizona and discovered thatteaching is her passion. She has worked with children in many capacities over the past 12 years, most recently teaching lower elementary at Marin Montessori in Marin, California. In addition to her BA, she holds AMI Elementary and Primary diplomas and an MEd from Loyola College of Maryland. Over the years, Zil has traveled extensively in Central and South America leading to her involvement in establishing one of Guatemala’s first Montessori schools. In her free time, Zil loves to cook, knit, hike, rock climb, and bike. She is thrilled to relocate to Portland with her wife and daughter and to become part of Portland’s vibrant Montessori community.
Meghann is the guide for the outdoor environment. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at Arizona State University, her AMI Primary training from the Montessori Education Center of Arizona and her Masters of Education at Loyola University. Meghann has always enjoyed observing children’s curiosities come to life and is deeply honored to play a role in bringing forth their new discoveries. When not making downward dog bridges for her early crawler or digging for worms with her 3 year old, Meghann might be found reading, gardening, sewing, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her family, or communing with good friends.
Michael runs the aftercare program and works as support staff. He moved to Portland in 2012 from southern California for the Douglas Firs and rivers. Michael writes poems & stories for children (and grownups) and makes collages from old magazines and finds kinship in the Montessori Method and with the teachers at Puddletown School. Michael has tutored children with Autism, teaches drama classes at the Northwest Children’s Theater and runs a creative writing workshop from his home.
Julie is the aftercare assistant. After receiving a BS in Humanities & Social Science from the University of Central Florida, Julie lived in Aarhus, Denmark for 2 years, gaining valuable insight into a fantastic culture. She has worked with teenage mothers, children in fostercare, provided in- and out-of-home childcare, and volunteered with Children’s International Summer Village. Often found with field guide in hand, she is smitten with the natural world of the Pacific Northwest, astounding to her salty Florida roots. She volunteers at People’s Co-Op admiring (and culling) the spectacular local harvest while tending an ever expanding garden with her housemates.
Cibyl is part of our support staff and provides early care. Cibyl is an AMI Primary trained Guide and holds an M.Ed from Loyola. She is also a Lincoln Center trained teaching artist. She was born in Paris, lived on a farm on the Isle of Wight and boat in Malta and Greece before moving to the United States. Cibyl has worked in a variety of schools around Portland as an assistant guide, substitute, artist-in-resident and support roles. Cibyl is married to Ed and together they host a magical guest cottage, have three adult children, one black cat and four Pacific Tree frogs. In her spare time she practices qi gong, yoga, Chinese tea, studies clown and works in her garden and studio, drawing, painting and sewing.
Jeremy is the elementary aftercare teacher and substitute guide at Puddletown. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The University Of Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh he headed up his own web design business and worked at a small local ISP back when those things still existed. He also directed a few high school musicals and toured the country coast to coast thrice with his band. Jeremy owns his own slide whistle. Jeremy and his wife moved to San Francisco where he discoveredMontessori and took the AMI training. He has worked in Montessori schools in California and Oregon, and once accidentally ran an ultra marathon because somebody inadvertently moved the cones.