Michelle Becka


Portland, OR

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> Joined MNW in 2014
> AMI Primary Diploma, MNW, 1997
> M.Ed. Montessori Education, Loyola, 1997
> 17 years as a Primary Guide
> MNW Trainer beginning 2017
> Has worked as a lifeguard, a clown and a waitress, all of which supplied me with crucial skills for working with children in the classroom!

What I do at MNW
I am a Director of Training - Summer and Primary Trainer, and as such I listen, learn, laugh and share.

What I like about MNW
My favorite thing about working at MNW is that I feel like I am a member of a fabulous team that is creating a revolution of Global LOVE and PEACE through Montessori Education!

A favorite destination
I love going to Manzanita, Oregon, walking on the beach on a cold and windy winter afternoon, frolicking in the white and fluffy sea foam as it tumbles and rolls along the shore. And then afterwards, soaking in a hot tub with a hot whiskey toddy.

Cats or dogs
I love cats because they are experts at placing themselves perfectly, symmetrically, and languidly in the best spot in any environment.

A time of day
My favorite time of day is when I am climbing into my soft and lovely bed, with a good book, clean and warm and cozy cozy. This could be morning, noon or night.

Words to live by
“Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water” (Ancient Zen Saying)

A joke
Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine! (hahahaha)


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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Michelle Becka obtained her BA in Sociology from The University of Arizona in 1994. After moving to Portland, she discovered Montessori education. She attended Montessori (Institute) Northwest when it was located in Oregon City, and graduated with her Primary Diploma from MNW and her Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland in 1997. Michelle worked as a Primary teacher for 17 years at Childpeace Montessori in NW Portland, became a Primary Trainer at MNW in 2017, and is Director of Training - Summer beginning 2018. Over the years, she has done many workshops on topics such as non-violent communication, positive phrasing, helping children solve conflict, and yoga with children.