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Our staff has always been one of our greatest assets. For the current school year, we have twenty-seven Montessori teachers with AMS, NCME or AMI credentials, as well as more than 20 teacher interns, assistants and specialists in orienteering, music, art and Spanish. Seven of our staff members are on the faculty of the MEIPN, the only MACTE accredited, AMS Affiliated, Montessori teacher preparation program with credentialing courses for teachers at the infant/toddler through elementary levels in the Pacific Northwest.


Toddler Staff

Early Childhood Staff & Specialists

Elementary Staff & Specialists

Secondary Staff & Specialists

Student Support Team

Club House - Woodinville Staff

Club House - North Creek Staff

Administrative staff


Mary Schneider, Head of School
Co-founder of WMS, 1983
BS (Clinical Nutrition)
MS (Clinical Nutrition)
Montessori credentials, AMS Early Childhood and Elementary I. Instructor in Early Childhood and Elementary teacher preparation programs, MEIPN, 1985-2010; current MEIPN executive director. Board of Trustees, American Montessori Society, chairs AMS Teacher Education Committee. Board Member, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, serves on School Accreditation and Standards and Practices committees.

Program Directors (listed by academic program)
Sunita Pailoor, Associate Head of School & Secondary Program Directorsunitapailoorwebprofile2016
BA (Psychology, Economics , English), Bangalore University
BS (Economics ), Portland State University
M.Ed, Plymouth State University
Montessori Credentials - Elementary I and II; Administrator
Hired at WMS—2002

Nancy Kestek, Elementary Program Director
BA (psychology), University of Washington
Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary credentials
Hired at WMS—2006

Judy Samudovsky, Director of Toddler & North Creek Early Childhood Programs & Professional Development
BS (Human Services Management), University of Phoenix
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood and Primary
Certified Parent Coach
Hired at WMS—2014

Miki Shema, Director of Woodinville Campus & Parent Education
BA, University of North Texas
AMS Montessori Early Childhood Credential
AMS Montessori Infant Toddler credential
Former faculty member of Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific NW
Hired at WMS—1995

Department Administration/Staff
Tricie Hunter, Chief Financial Officer
BA (French Language & Literature) Smith College
MBA, University of Washington
Prior CPA certification, state of Washington
Hired at WMS—2011

Theresa Kirby, Director of Athletics & Auxiliary Programstheresakirbywebprofile2016
BS, California State University, Fresno
Montessori Assistant Training, MEIPN
Hired at WMS—2013

Tim McQuery, Facilities Manager
Member of the International Facility Management Association, several credentials through this organization
Hired at WMS—2013

Marissa Roecks, Co-Associate Director of Admissions and Orienteering Coach

BS (Psychology, Education, Biology), Agnes Scott College
Early Childhood Montessori Credential, MEIPN
Music Together Credential, Music Together®
Positive Discipline Classroom Educator, 2016
Certified Orienteering Specialist, Orienteering USA
Hired at WMS—2012
WMS Alumna 2006

Julie Schwarz, Co-Associate Director of Admissions
BA (Economics), University of Washington
MA (Gerontology), Lindenwood University
Hired at WMS—2013

Keri Sliger, Director of Developmentkerisligerwebprofile2016
BA, Western Washington University
Certificate (Advancement Leadership), University of Washington
Hired at WMS—2016

Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Director of Marketing & Communications
BA (Art/Art History), Whitman College
BA (Communications [Editorial Journalism]), University of Washington
Certificate (Web Content Development), University of Washington Extension
Hired at WMS—2014

Jillian Dickson, Human Resources Specialist, Materials Manager, North Creekjilliandicksonstaffwebprofile2015
BS (Architecture), Washington State University
Montessori Assistant Training, MEIPN
Hired at WMS—2009

Pam Mach, Administrative Assistant/Registrar, Woodinville/Development Records
BA (Communications), University of Washington
Hired at WMS—2014

Joani Roughton, Administrative Substitute, North Creek

Hired at WMS—2017

Emily Schlieman, Librarian/YMCA Chaperone/Club House Assistant, North Creek
BA (History), Williamette University
TEFL certification
Hired at WMS—2015

Jessica Sealana, Culinary Events Manager, North Creek
BA (Sociology)
Hired at WMS—2013

Jared Walls, Facilities Coordinator

Hired at WMS—2017

Bogda Zbyszewski, Bookkeeper
BA (history), Krakow University
Hired at WMS—1989
Individual staff members provide their biographical information.