Merri Baehr Whipps - President
Merri is a former Montessori Northwest alum, having been drawn to Montessori education after graduating from Reed College and working with severely emotionally disturbed children. Merri has practiced 7 years as a primary guide, and currently is program director for toddlers through primary at Childpeace Montessori School. Merri has also taken the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies and helped to begin Metro Montessori Middle School. She joined the MNW board in 2018 with a passion for supporting Montessori teacher-training and the vibrant work of MNW within the local community.
Lee Daggett - Treasurer
Lee recently retired from a 40+ year career in Accounting, Finance and
Information Technology. He has a 30+ year familiarity with Montessori Education via our adult child who started in Montessori preschool at age 3 and is now a trained Montessori educator.
Lee hopes that every child could have the opportunity to experience the wonder
of a child-centered education. Montessori Northwest is focused on training
the future Montessori teachers who will be able to help bring this
opportunity to children across the country and the world. He hopes that his financial and technology background can help Montessori Northwest continue to train
educators who also believe that a Montessori-based education will help
produce thoughtful, capable citizens for the future
Jackie is the co-founder and Director of Research at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. Jackie's Montessori career began as a parent, and quickly evolved into researcher and administrator, and university professor. An ethnographer by training, since 2001 she has drawn from her direct experience as head of an independent Montessori school and principal of a large, urban public Montessori school to produce an internationally recognized body of scholarship on Montessori education. Jackie's 26 years in education have included roles as a middle and high school English teacher, an elementary school principal, a professional developer for schools, districts, and museums, and a professor of educational leadership at the University of Maryland and a Lecturer in Loyola Maryland’s Montessori Studies program. She received a B.A. in History from Smith College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
A long-time MNW supporter, Sarah is the former Assistant Head of School at MSB, where she taught and assisted for nine years prior to being roped into administration. She has been connected to Montessori for much of her life and has a strong belief in the power of education to support lasting social change. This, coupled with a passion for learning, engaging with others, and exploring the world, made Montessori a natural fit for Sarah. She is taking a year-long personal sabbatical and looks forward to broadening her impact and extending her commitment to the important work we do here at Montessori Northwest.
Kathryn is a life-long educator with a history of educational leadership. She holds a Master's in Elementary Education as well as a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has experience teaching elementary children, administrating schools and is now Associate Professor of Education at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Her own child attends a public Montessori school. Kathryn brings her passion for and experience in education to the Montessori Northwest board.
Deb is a Montessori parent who was first introduced to Montessori education in 1983 and has been an enthusiastic supporter and advocate ever since. Raised in Los Angeles, Deb moved to the Northwest to attend the University of Oregon where she did her undergraduate work in Psychology with a special senior year focus in Program Evaluation and Development. She has held numerous board positions throughout the years including Childpeace Montessori, Oregon Junior Racquetball Association and Oregon Riders Unlimited, a therapeutic riding program. Deb spent the past 25 years in management within the legal technology industry, most recently with LexisNexis. She is currently taking a personal sabbatical to travel, spend more time with her family and in community service work.
It was after enrolling her son into an A to I program at 18 months, that Courtney began to truly understand the importance of a Montessori education. This commitment ultimately led to leaving a 20 + year career in the corporate sector to pursue a new path in Montessori. Courtney chose Montessori Northwest for her Montessori training, driving past many other training centers on her road trip West! Having completed her AMI Elementary training, she currently serves as Director of Operations at Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School, where her son is now an thriving elementary student. Having been the recipient of all of the years of expertise and excellence at Montessori Northwest, it is Courtney's desire to share her own 20+ years of expertise in the business world helping Montessori Northwest grow and thrive.