Kai (they/them) is lead/co-guide in Red Cedar (Elementary).
Kai grew up attending Montessori schools in Juneau, Alaska from ages 5 to 14. They hold a B.S. in Psychology from PSU, an AMI Montessori Elementary diploma from Montessori Northwest, and a Master’s of Education from Loyola University. Kai has been working with children in some capacity since they were a child themself, starting with a work-study program in high school where they assisted in a kindergarten classroom, then spending many years working in the field of early childhood education. They feel strongly that Montessori education necessarily involves deep thinking about issues of justice, anti-bias, and equity and plan to keep these values front and center as they help guide the Red Cedar learning community. In their free time, Kai spends time with their sweet family bubble and tries in vain to juggle an ever-growing collection of hobbies, which include singing in an a capella group, playing guitar, songwriting, cooking, gardening, knitting, creative writing, visual arts, and ceramics.