Our Team

Our dedicated and experienced staff are committed to the success of our students and the growth of Montessori. 
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The Montessori Northwest staff are committed to excellence in AMI teacher training and professional development within our Pacific Northwest Montessori community and beyond. We hold ourselves to a high professional standard, striving to model those same guiding principles of Montessori that we one day hope to see in the world.

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KATE ANDRADE
Course Assistant
Primary
San Francisco, CA

MICHELLE BECKA
Primary Trainer
Portland, OR

MARA CASTRO
Classroom Assistant
Alder Montessori
Portland, OR

OLYNDA DUBUISSON
Front Desk Assistant
Portland, OR

JANET DOMINGUEZ-ORTIZ
Classroom Assistant
Alder Montessori
Portland, OR

ROBYN ELLIS
Finance Manager
Portland, OR

MARIA GARCIA
Lead Guide
Alder Montessori
Portland, OR

ELISE HUNEKE-STONE
Director of Training
Elementary
Portland, OR

ELLEN LEBITZ
Training of Trainers Program
Elementary
Portland, OR

NANCY LECHNER
Director of Training
Assistants to Infancy
Portland, OR/Bay Area, CA

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Mary Raudonis Loew
Director of Training
Primary
Seattle, WA

BRADEN PEMBERTON
Admissions & Marketing
Portland, OR

POLLI SOHOLT
Director of Training
Primary
San Francisco, CA

SARAH WERNER ANDREWS
Acting Executive Director
Director of Training
Primary
Portland, OR

CORINNE STASTNY
Course Assistant
Primary
Portland, OR

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NADXIELI TOLEDO BUSTAMANTE
Course Assistant
Assistants to Infancy
Portland, OR

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CHRIS TROSTEL
Training of Trainers Program
Elementary
Portland, OR

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Our Board of Directors

Montessori Northwest's Board of Directors is a keystone of our success. Selected for their expertise, professionalism, and dedication to the growth of Montessori, these individuals volunteer their time and energy to plan and secure MNW's long-term goals. 
 

Sarah Louderbaugh - CO-PRESIDENT

A long-time MNW supporter, Sarah isthe 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.

Courtney McWilliams - CO-PRESIDENT

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.

AMY ESHELBY - Secretary

Amy discovered the beauty and wonder of Montessori in 1998. After her AMI Elementary training at WMI and Loyola in 2001, she taught lower elementary at Montessori School of Beaverton and Childpeace Montessori. Amy served on the Oregon Montessori Association Board for 3 years and is currently on the MNW Board, having joined in June of 2013. Amy has lectured for parent nights in schools around the Portland area as well as presented at the 2009 AMI Elementary Alumni Association conference in Maine. She is mother of a bright and energetic son (currently in the Upper El at Childpeace) and lover of animals, art, and nature.

Lee Daggett - Treasurer

I have recently retired from a 40+ year career in Accounting, Finance and Information Technology.I also have 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. I would like every child to 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. I hope that my 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 COSSENTINO

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.

EMILY DAGGETT

As a child, Emily attended Montessori programs in the Portland area through middle school. She credits her education with fostering a love of learning that continues to serve her today. After completing a BA in English Literature from Occidental College, Emily spent several months traveling abroad. Amazingly, this experience lead her to reconnect with her Montessori roots. About a year later, she enrolled in MNW's primary course, and enthusiastically delved back into the world of Montessori. Emily has since received her Primary and Elementary diplomas, and M.Ed. from Loyola University. She hopes to use her background as a Montessori child turned teacher to advocate for high quality education for all children.

DEB PRATT

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.

Rob Stewart

Rob recently retired from 37 years in public and private education. He worked as an administrator classroom teacher at the High School, Middle School and Elementary School levels in several districts. Most-recently, he served as the principal at Alder Elementary School. He and his wife Barbara moved to Portland in 1975 where they raised their 3 sons. They are proud grandparents to 3 wonderful granddaughters. He enjoys volunteer work in the community and loves to travel. His passion has always been the education of young people. He is especially committed to the implementation of Montessori Education in public school settings.