Elementary faculty & staff profiles

Nancy Kestek, Elementary Program Director, nkestek@woodinvilemontessori.org

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Head Co-Teacher, Laura Ascolese, Juniper (LE)lascolesestaffwebprofile2016

BS (Elementary Education) University of Delaware
MEd (Elementary Education, Montessori Concentration) Plymouth State University
Montessori Credentials – Elementary I AMS certified through MEIPN
First year at WMS—2001

hillarybrestarweb2016Teacher, Hillary Brestar, Spruce (LE)

BA (Elementary Education) Washington State University
Endorsements (Early Childhood, Reading) Washington State University
MEd University of Washington
Montessori Credentials—Elementary I
Hired at WMS—2000; 2016

lbrownstaffwebprofile2016Teacher, LeeAnnBrown, Magnolia (LE)

BS (English Education) Florida State University
Montessori credentials, Elementary I & Level I Montessori Applied for Children at Risk (MACAR) training
Hired at WMS—2006

rachelelliswebprofile2016Rachel Ellis, Intern (UE)

BA (Biology), Bates College
Montessori credentials, Elementary I and II (in progress)
Former WMS student
First year at WMS—2016

afujimotostaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Amy Fujimoto, Willow (LE)

BA (English),  University of Washington
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood & Elementary I
Teacher trainer for the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest, field consultant for new teachers and board member

Teacher, Robin Held, Juniper (LE)

BS (psychology), University of Washington
Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Montessori credentials
First year at WMS—2008

tarajoneswebprofile2016Tara Jones, Elementary & EC Program Assistant

(Bio to come.)
Hired at WMS—2012

vjuarezstaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Veronica Juarez, Willow (LE)

Veterinary degree, Mexico’s City University
Montessori credentials in process, Elementary I
Hired at WMS—2014

Teacher, Laila Kabani, Cypress (UE)

BA, (English Literature), St. Xavier’s College,  Ahmedabad, India
Masters degree (Islamic Studies), University of Mumbai; Masters in Teaching, University of Washington (Seattle)
Montessori training at MEIPN
K-8 Elementary Washington state Certification; English Language (ELL) endorsement
Hired at WMS—2013

Teacher Durga Kanjinghat, Spruce (LE)

BA (math), University of Madras, India
Medical transcription training, Chennai, India
Early Childhood diploma, North American Montessori Center; Lower Elementary credential ongoing through MPEIN

jlancasterstaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Jeni Lancaster, Cypress (UE)

BA (Cultural Anthropology), Western Washington University
Montessori credentials, Elementary I & II
Hired at WMS—2013

tleestaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Theresa Lee, Cedar (UE)

Master’s degree (Special Education), American University, Washington, D.C.
Master’s degree (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), Northwest School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Seattle
Montessori  credentials, Primary and Elementary education
Hired at WMS—2008

kmcelrathstaffwebprofile2016Intern, Kaitlyn McElrath (UE)

BA (Theatre Arts), Gustavus Adolphus College
Montessori credential (in process), Elementary I & II
WMS alum
Hired at WMS—2015

Spanish Specialist, Matilde Melendezmatildemelendezwebprofile2013

(Bio to come.)

Art Specialist, Carol Roorbachcarolroorbachwebprofile2014

BS (Visual Arts), New England College
MS (Art Education), Alfred University
MFA (Ceramic Art), New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
Hired at WMS—2005

deesaleswebprofile2014Music specialist, Dee Sales

B.Music/Music Education, University of North Texas
Certified in all levels of Musikgarten, Edward Pace and Kindermusik
Member: Edmonds Music Teachers Association, National Music Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education , Washington Association of Teachers and Founding Teacher, Music Development Program, Royal Conservatory

lwebbstaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Laura Webb, Magnolia (LE)

BA (English Literature), Boston University
Montessori credentials, Elementary I
Hired at WMS—2011

twestphalstaffwebprofile2016Teaching intern, Taylor Westphal, Cedar (UE)

BS (Earth and Space Sciences), University of Washington
Montessori credentials, Elementary I & II, in process
Hired at WMS—2013