In addition to college course work, certified Montessori teachers undergo extensive training to prepare them for the task of guiding the student. This differs from a traditional teaching program in that the focus is on a more focused age group, enabling the teacher to acquire a deep understanding of the development, academic, and social needs of their students. Our teachers have all completed Montessori certification (MACTE accredited, AMS or AMI) for the age group which they teach, and several have additional certifications and training, including Orton-Gillingham reading instruction and Positive Discipline. We also have three Washington State Certificated teachers, and several teachers hold master’s degrees in education.
Our assistant teachers, specialists, and support staff bring a wealth of experience and training to their interactions with our students. Working with the teacher in the classroom and on our 12 acre campus, they are responsible for helping the student community run smoothly and ensuring the continuation of the Montessori philosophy from the classroom to the playground and beyond. Our assistant teachers, specialists, and support staff have training in education and other areas, and share with the students a wide range of interests and talents with the students