Elementary faculty & staff profiles

2inchwms_logo_color_rgbNancy Kestek, Elementary Program Director, nkestek@woodinvilemontessori.org

Read Nancy’s profile here.

Innovation & Design Lab & Aquaponics, Bryce Aktepy

Western Washington University (psychology and sociology)
Training and work as ABA therapist in early intervention programs
Hired at WMS—2006

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
Hired at WMS—2001

Alexa Boss, Teacher, Spanish Language (LE)

Hired at WMS—2017

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

Teacher, LeeAnn Brown, 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

Taylor Collins, Assistant (UE)

Hired at WMS—2017

rachelelliswebprofile2016Rachel Ellis, co-Teacher,
Cypress (UE)

BA (Biology), Bates College
Montessori credentials, Elementary I and II (in progress)
WMS Alumna
Hired 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
Hired at WMS—2000

Teacher, Robin Held, Juniper (LE)

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

Elementary & EC Program Assistant,  Tara Jones

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 (in process)

jlancasterstaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Jeni Lancaster, Cypress (UE)

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

Teacher, Kaitlyn McElrath, Cedar (UE)

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

Drama Instructor & EL Program Assistant, Kylie McElrath

(Bio to come)
WMS Alumna
Hired at WMS—2017

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

Assistant, Bindu Sivalanka (LE)
Andre Thomas, music specialist (UE)

Hired at WMS—2016

Trinh Tran, Assistant (UE)

Hired at WMS—2017

Carlos Valencia, Teacher, Spanish Language (UE)

See Secondary pages for more about Carlos.

Teacher, Laura Webb, Magnolia (LE)

BA (English Literature), Boston University
Montessori credentials, Elementary I; Montessori Applied for Children at Risk (MACAR) training
Hired at WMS—2011

twestphalstaffwebprofile2016Teacher, Taylor Westphal, Cedar (UE)

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