LEARN self-respect, compassion and commitment to community | GROW academically, socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually | BECOME world citizens who have a voice and make a difference.

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
Sunita Pailoor, Head of SchoolSunita Pailoor

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

Program Directors (listed by academic program)
Nancy Kestek, Director of Elementary Programs

BA (Psychology), University of Washington
Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary credentials
Hired at WMS—2006

Elizabeth Hoyer, Upper Elementary Curriculum DirectorLiz Hoyer

BA (Psychology), Villanova University
Master in Teaching (City University)
Montessori credentials - AMS Elementary I and II
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
Washington state K-8 Residency Certification
Hired at WMS—2005-2008; 2018

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

WV directorTomo Takahashi, Director of Woodinville Early Childhood Programs

BA (Social Sciences) International Christian University
MBA (Finance) New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
EdM (Learning & Teaching) Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Montessori credentials, Early Childhood, American Montessori Society
Hired at WMS—2019

Miki Shema, Early Childhood Summer Camp Director

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

Laureen Ng, Director of Development

BA (Art History), University of Washington
Certificate (Fundraising Management), UW Professional and Continuing Education
Hired at WMS—2019

Julie Schwarz, Director of Admissions

BA (Economics), University of Washington
MA (Gerontology), Lindenwood University
Hired at WMS—2013

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, North Creekjilliandicksonstaffwebprofile2015

BS (Architecture), Washington State University
Montessori Assistant Training, MEIPN
Hired at WMS—2009

Emily Irwin, Communications & Advancement Coordinator

BA (Communications [Media Studies, Journalism & Public Relations]); minor—Political Science, Boise State University
Certificate (Public Relations), Boise State University
Hired at WMS—2018

Labiba Khan, Admissions & Advancement Coordinator

BA (Finance & Management), Seattle University
MBA, Seattle University
Montessori Certification, Edmonds Community College
Hired at WMS—2018

Shannon Long, North Creek Registrar and Receptionist

BS (Business Marketing, minor in Psychology), University of Northern Colorado
Hired at WMS—2018

Betsy Monroe, Administrative Assistant/Registrar, Woodinville/Development Records

BA (English), Secondary Teaching Credential
Simpson University Graduate School
Hired at WMS—2018

Emily Schlieman, Librarian

BA (History), Willamette University
TEFL certification
Hired at WMS—2015

Jessica Sealana, Culinary Events Manager, North Creek

BA (Sociology)
Hired at WMS—2013

Emily Strain, Materials Manager

Former business administrator, tech industry
Hired at WMS—2018

Jared Walls, Facilities Coordinator

BA in progress (Ministry Leadership), Life Pacific College
Hired at WMS—2017

Bogda Zbyszewski, Bookkeeper

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