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 Northwest and a Master of Montessori Education from Loyola University. She has worked with many Portland public schools and local Montessori schools through outreach and other after school programs. Andrea has served on the Oregon Montessori Association Board. In her free time she 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 Northwest and a Master of Education from Loyola University 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 Primary program coordinator. She joined Puddletown in 2007 and was the lead guide in the Sage classroom for 11 years. 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.
Erin is our administrative assistant and helps run aftercare. She is a former therapist to children and families (at LifeWorks in NW in WA county for 4 years). Erin has an MS in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark Graduate College and a BA in Political Science from Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. She has a long history in research (marketing and scholarly), making her inquisitive, highly efficient and very organized. She's very slowly run a marathon and many halves, she's played roller derby competitively across the country, and now is well practiced at home improvement projects, singing camp songs and playing elaborate rounds of charades with her three fantastic children (all Puddletowners) and thespian-at-heart husband, Eddie.
Haley is the lead guide in the Cedar classroom. She graduated with a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and found work with a company who emphasized community outreach through arts education. One of the outreach programs they assigned her brought her to a Montessori school where she taught rhythm and movement to primary students. . Haley felt at home right away in the Montessori environment and quickly adapted what she observed there to her own teaching practices. She continued this work for a few years, also working as a choreographer and dog trainer, and eventually moved to Portland to pursue her AMI Primary diploma at Montessori Northwest and M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. Haley is continuously fascinated by the children she observes and has decided to deepen her understanding by enrolling in a three summer AMI elementary course. Besides guiding young children in the Montessori realm, Haley is a certified Integral Yoga instructor and teaches both adults and children around the Portland area. She still makes dances and also spends as much time as she can find traveling to new places.
Julie is the assistant in the Cedar classroom. 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 foster care, 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. She began working at Puddletown in 2016 as support staff and in aftercare.
Emmy has been the lead guide in the Lavender classroom since 2014. Before joining Puddletown as the assistant in the Lavender classroom in 2011, she worked in varied environments caring for children, including day care, day camp and nanny work. She received a BA in Psychology from University of Hartford. Once arriving in Portland from the east coast, she received her AMI diploma from Montessori 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, hanging out with her dog Louis 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 was thrilled to be return to Puddletown in 2014. She is an avid artist and has an extensivehistory working with children in alternative education since 1999, including infants and at-risk youth.
Riley is the lead guide in the Sage classroom. She has been looking forward to being a primary guide since she was a child in a Montessori primary classroom in Seattle many years ago. As a student in a Montessori environment, Riley gained skills like self-motivation, collaboration, logic, and self-evaluation. She is happy to be sharing these experiences with children in her work today. Riley graduated from Boston University summa cum laude with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Earth Science. In 2016 she completed the AMI Primary training at Montessori Northwest, and a master's degree at Loyola University. Riley lives in SE Portland. She enjoys exploring the neighborhood and sharing delicious meals with friends. Riley likes to paint, read, sing, and tell jokes. She has a dream to write and illustrate a children’s book someday!
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 received her AMI diploma from Montessori Northwest as a Primary Educator and Master's 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.
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 University. 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!
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 that teaching 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 University 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.
Judy is our on call school counselor. She has masters degrees in both Health Education (University of Oregon) and Counseling Psychology (Lewis and Clark College) and an Oregon Professional Counseling license. Her work history includes several settings combining both disciplines, such as public health, hospitals and Head Start. She has been the school counselor at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School/St. Francis Academy for 25 years. She is married and has one son who attended Montessori schools for ten years and who recently received his PhD in history. Judy is an Oregon native who enjoys travel, reading and arts and crafts. She is an enthusiastic proponent of Montessori education and has loved watching the outcomes both personally and professionally.
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.
Corinne is the outdoor classroom guide and runs the elementary aftercare. Corinne was in Montessori as a child. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon, her AMI 3-6 training at Montessori Northwest, and her Master of Education at Loyola University. She has dedicated her adult life to Montessori's "education for peace", with a couple happy forays into bookstore work. Corinne has three years experience as a primary guide, spent over a decade as Course Assistant at Montessori Northwest, served on the Oregon M0ntessori Association (OMA) board of directors and received their Outstanding Dedication Award in 2007. Corinne's daughter has been a Montessori kid since birth and is having a great time in Puddletown's elementary program! In her free time, Corinne likes to visit family on the Oregon coast, spend time by the ocean, play with her dog, read immersive escapist fiction, and explore children's books.
Devin is support staff for our elementary and primary programs. She spent most of her life in Florida and moved to Portland in 2014. She attended college in Sarasota at Ringling College of Art and Design where she earned at BA in the Business of Art and Design. After a few years working in marketing, she discovered her passion for working with children. She became a Girl's Guide for Girl's Inc and a nanny followed by two years at West Hill's Montessori working as the lower elementary assistant. Outside of work, Devin enjoys art, sushi, cooking, reading, drawing, and karaoke.
Cate is support staff for early care. She came to Portland in 2005 after spending her youth and college years in southern Indiana. In Portland she has spent the majority of her career working as an art director in higher education but is currently pursuing a path that includes sewing, textiles, and working in her favorite neighborhood fabric boutique. When she's not hanging out with the early AM Puddletown kids, working at the shop, or sewing, she likes camping, going to the beach, biking, gardening, and generally enjoying time with her upper elementary child, spouse, and family friends.